In order for the Los Angeles Lakers to be serious contenders again they more than likely have to wait until the 2014-15 season. There is still a lot of work to be done on their roster to get to that point. They will have the 2013-14 season to prepare themselves to make a run.
It wasn’t long ago that that Lakers had one of the best benches in the league with players like Lamar Odom, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes. But all four of those players are gone. Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill and the rookie out of Duke, Ryan Kelly could play a big role in the Lakers’ future. This upcoming season could prove to be a huge stepping stone for these young prospects. If they can each stay healthy and get a solid amount playing time, the dividends will be large for the future of the Lakers.
It’s been awhile since the Lakers have drafted any player worth mentioning. With Kobe Bryant getting older by the minute the team will soon need to have another star player to take over the reigns. One way to do this is in the NBA Draft. The Lakers should try to move up in the draft somewhere into the Top 10 and get a future star player. As long as that player isn’t Mr. Bust himself, Kwame Brown, they should get a quality player.
Of course the easier way to acquire a star player is via free agency. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are the three biggest superstars available to sign when next July comes around. You can bet on the Lakers getting at least one of them to team up with Kobe whose contract will also be up. Stars love to player under the lights in L.A., which gives the Lakers an edge over other bidders.
If the Lakers can improve their depth, pick well in the draft and sign a star player they will once again be championship quality sooner rather than later.