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Updating the Los Angeles Lakers’ Depth Chart After the Draft

Post-Draft Look at the Lakers' Depth Chart

Kobe Bryant
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After a strong showing during the 2014 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers’ depth chart is starting to round out – sort of. Despite having only a handful of players currently on the roster, there’s still a long way to go before the 2014-15 season can come into focus for the Purple and Gold. However, the draft gave us a good indication of the current direction.

Here’s a look at what the Lakers’ depth chart looks like following the 2014 NBA Draft.

Point Guard

Steve Nash
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Point Guard

Steve Nash
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1. Steve Nash
2. Kendall Marshall
3. Jordan Clarkson

The only position the Lakers aren’t completely thin at right now, point guard is still a concern heading into the summer. Los Angeles is looking into trading away Nash and his ridiculous contract, which would leave them with only Marshall and Clarkson. Both are better suited for backup duties, which could mean the Lakers set their sights on someone like Kyle Lowry during free agency.

Shooting Guard

Kobe Bryant
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Shooting Guard

Kobe Bryant
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1. Kobe Bryant

There’s no question that Bryant will be the Lakers’ go-to scorer in 2014-15, but the depth is certainly a concern considering No. 24’s recent proneness to injury. There’s still a chance they could bring back one of Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry or Kent Bazemore, but all appear primed to test the open market. The Lakers are also interested in bringing back Nick Young, but his asking price might be too high.

Small Forward

Carmelo Anthony
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Small Forward

Carmelo Anthony
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1. None

As of this moment, the Lakers have no small forwards on their roster. It’s believed they could be targeting LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, or both via free agency, but that seems like a pipe dream at the moment. Someone like Gordon Hayward or Trevor Ariza might be the Lakers’ best bet at filling the void when the market opens on July 1.

Power Forward

Julius Randle
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Power Forward

Julius Randle
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1. Julius Randle

Unless his foot injury is a serious issue, Randle should be the Lakers’ starting power forward when the regular season rolls around. They spend their first-round pick on the bulldozing big man, and should have no problem giving him every opportunity to prove his worthiness as a rookie. Depth will obviously be an issue moving forward, though.

Center

Robert Sacre
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Center

Robert Sacre
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1. Robert Sacre

As of right now, the only center on the Lakers’ roster is Sacre. While he proved last season that he’s definitely a reliable big man off the bench, Los Angeles would be in trouble if he’s the starter heading into season. The Lakers could choose to bring back Pau Gasol, or could look to someone like Marcin Gortat or Channing Frye via free agency.

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