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Lakers Nation Debate: Team’s Biggest Position Of Need This Off-Season

Topic: With the team prepared to undergo a number of changes, we wonder which position is the biggest position of need this off-season.

Context: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Robert Sacre are the only players under contract for the Lakers next season. Some of last year’s players will surely return and want to, but others will leave in free agency and the Lakers will have to replace them.

With the Lakers coming off one of their worst seasons in the history of the franchise, the team obviously has a lot of needs, but where the focus needs to be is a huge question mark.

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The franchise has a history of acquiring franchise-changing big men. From Mikan to Wilt. From Wilt to Kareem. From Kareem to Shaq. From Shaq to Gasol. History says the Lakers are at their best when they employ one of the best centers to dominate the paint.

But the game has changed significantly. In today’s NBA, there are very few true centers and point guards seem to dominate the game. This is the era of the point guard and with the Lakers having to face guys like Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook three or four times a season, they need someone to match up and defend.

And to make matters worse, these are the final years of Kobe Bryant. The heir apparent needs to be brought in soon, and what better way to prepare to take over for Kobe than to learn from the era’s greatest himself.

Verdict: We went to Twitter to ask the Lakers Nation faithful — what is the team’s biggest positional need that must be addressed this off-season? These are some of the responses:

The fans were relatively split on this subject, but there was a theme that became pretty apparent as the responses came in. The fans want people who can defend their position.

And who can blame them? The Lakers defense has been abysmal over the last couple of seasons and turning their defense around will go a long way to the team re-gaining its spot among the elite teams of the NBA.

Whether it is a point guard, a wing player, or a big man, the Lakers must have someone who can defend. But, in my opinion, point guard is the main position that must be addressed first and foremost.

There has never been a time with this many great point guards in the NBA. Night after night, the team faces a point guard who carves them up and figuring out how to contain that has to be top priority for the Lakers.

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I have been driving the Marcus Smart bandwagon for quite some time now. If the team fails to get a top-3 pick, I would love to see Smart come in and hound point guards every night for the next 15 years.
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  • Daryl Peek

    PF with a strong consideration for the center position. The team is fulla players who can fill the guard positions.

    • independentbynature

      And I thought you were an old guy,Daryl.

      • Daryl Peek

        Benjamin Button

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    I think mitch said it best during his press conference the lakers need help at all positions. you have an aged and injury prone nash who clearly said the lakers cannot rely on anymore and we got kobe who’s coming back from an injury but who will most likely return to form and sacre who needs to work on a few things this offseason. so when you think about it they need help just about everywhere. so first step is to draft a good forward (sf or pf) or a pg like exum or smart and then the lakers resign guys like young farmar meeks gasol and hill. step two would be free agency bring guys like gortat and lowry in maybe lance stephenson (try to make a run at LeBron or melo unlikely though) and go on from there. then the third step is to bring in a coach who preaches defense (hollins scott or jeff van gundy) and then the lakers are set for next season and will have a good enough roster to make the playoffs. then next offseason sign k love and wait till 2016 to try and get Durant and then move on from there

  • TheTruthKills

    Everything. We need everything. Just draft the best player available with our pick this year. Sign Monroe and some scrubs and leave it at that. Next season should be focused on developing Monroe and the draft pick.

  • Javon Newton

    If we can get a top 3 pick you have to go for exsum hes a 6,7 point long enough to defend all points

  • comrade24

    There’s so much possibility this offseason with FA’s available and the deepest draft in years. Just hoping the FO doesn’t screw this up. There’s several routes the team could go to be successful.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Im Going W/ Small Forward And Pg! I would Trade Down &Get Zach Lavine&James Young! Then I Would Resign Nick, Bazemore, Farmar, Hill&X!



  • Marty Susman

    They need the 7 foot center if he is available. They need a point guard. They need a small forward…. They need a shooting guard to play behind Kobe. They need a whole new team, like an expansion team with one player, an aging Kobe. ……… So what happens “IF” Indiana blows the Heat out in 4 or 5 games, what will L.B.J. do ??? What will Bosh do ??? No one else on the team worth signing because of age & ability. Is Stevenson of Indiana going to be available, he is worth signing & who else is going to be available, is Monroe going to be available for around $5,000,000 ??? Is Love going to tell the Timberwolves & ESPN that he won’t sign a long term deal with ANY team other then the Lakers…That traps them into trading him here….Will K. Irving NOT SIGN his extension & demand a trade to the Lakers by telling ESPN he will only sign a long term contract with them ???

  • Marty Susman

    Phil will most likely sign D. Fish as the coach. New York won’t win in 2015 or 2016 & at some point Phil will be fired…… As for Coach of the lakers, If the Lake show is not going to hire Byron Scott then Jeff Van Gundy would be great….

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    I Would Say Sf& Pg! Trade Down&Draft Zach Lavine&James Young! Then Resign Nick, Hill, X, Bazemore&Gasol! Sign Trevor Ariza(3yr15mil), Rudy 3yr18mil& Marcin Gortat(2yr4mil). Also Resign Kaman! Zach, Kobe, Trevor, Rudy, Gasol :Nick,

    • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

      Combination Of Defense, Lots Of Offense, Vetreans,

  • borsalino12

    There is no biggest need for the Lakers. We do need a starters at PG,SF and PF, as well as at C, if J.Hill leaves.

  • VillainKing

    Point Guard, Small Forward and Power Forward..

  • independentbynature

    The Lakers have a lot of needs.But,they need a rim protector the most.There should be no debate.The Lakers need a BIG !!!

  • slybly

    I agree if we don’t get a top 3 selection, we should get Marcus Smart. he is going to be a great player in the NBA. His shot will come. He is a leader and he plays with that edge that Kobe does.

  • Steel Bill Moreland

    Mitch should find a coach first,to set in on the picking of a new team.The coach knows who he can best work with.

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