With new young additions to the team, the Los Angeles Lakers athletic ability will be a strength. The Lakers haven’t had this much athleticism in years and it’s a bright spot for a team under heavy scrutiny. With Mike D’Antoni‘s system in place, the influx of youth and athleticism will give the Lakers an advantage.
With the additions of Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar and Elias Harris, athleticism is a shared attribute. Their ability to push the ball up the floor at a very quick pace will take pressure of the aging stars as well as put pressure on the opposing defense. The Lakers style of slowing it down to half-court sets might be over.
The Lakers are forced to play up-tempo basketball because they lack effective big men outside Pau Gasol. Now that Dwight Howard is gone, the Lakers can no longer boast a lineup of two seven-footers.
Another big reason the Lakers decided to go after young and athletic players are the defensive liabilities the Lakers always face. The lack of defending when they play quick guards is a big reason why the Lakers have been struggling defensively for years now. With the new additions, the Lakers are now able to match up more effectively. The Lakers can no longer rely on Kobe Bryant to guard players like Tony Parker, Russel Westbrook and Chris Paul.
It’s safe to say the Lakers will be much more exciting in 2013. With Bryant and Gasol returning healthy along with new young players, the excitement factor will be brought back. With videos surfacing of Young, Farmar and Johsnon dunking at the Lakers’ practice facility, the season can’t come any sooner.