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Los Angeles Lakers’ Updated Depth Chart After Recent Signings

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Los Angeles Lakers' Updated Depth Chart After Recent Signings

Jeremy Lin
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Headed into the offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers' roster was nearly empty and full of question marks. Like most others, the Lakers swung for the fences in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, but unfortunately were unsuccessful. Immediately after Anthony decided to re-sign with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles moved towards Plan B, which basically emulated last offseason's plan of signing multiple players to short-term deals.

Point Guard

Jeremy Lin
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Point Guard

Jeremy Lin
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Jeremy Lin
Jordan Clarkson
Steve Nash

Although Jeremy Lin may not be the long-term resolution at point guard, he certainly is capable of holding down the position for the year. At this point, Steve Nash appears to be an afterthought, as second-round pick Jordan Clarkson has emerged as a truly talented back-up for Lin. Additionally, Kendall Marshall was waived recently, clearing some minutes for Clarkson to further develop his game.

Shooting Guard

Kobe Bryant
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Shooting Guard

Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant
Xavier Henry

Until Kobe Bryant retires, he will be the starter at the shooting guard position. Bryant has been extremely unlucky these past couple of seasons with nagging injuries, including a torn Achilles' tendon and a fractured left tibial plateau in his knee. According to Bryant though, he is back to 100 percent healthy, so let's hope that remains consistent throughout the remainder of his career.

Small Forward

Wesley Johnson
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Small Forward

Wesley Johnson
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Wesley Johnson
Nick Young

Small forward is a position of need for the Lakers, despite re-signing Wesley Johnson and Nick Young. Yes, Johnson is an above average defender who is also very gifted athletically. However, Johnson simply is not skilled enough to be a starter in the NBA, labelling him an enormous bust since being drafted No. 4 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Power Forward

Julius Randle
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Power Forward

Julius Randle
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Julius Randle
Carlos Boozer
Ryan Kelly
Ed Davis

Somehow, the Lakers ended up with an influx of power forwards this offseason. I would expect Julius Randle to receive the majority of the starts this season though, in order to aid in his development into a front court threat. Veteran Carlos Boozer is also likely to receive heavy minutes on the floor next season, as he is already a proven threat offensively.

Center

Jordan Hill
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Center

Jordan Hill
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Jordan Hill
Robert Sacre

Los Angeles' "Plan B" evidently included overpaying center Jordan Hill when they reached a two year, million deal nearly a week ago. On the surface, this contract looks just awful, but the second year is a team option, which is already expected to be declined. For now, Hill is expected to start at the center position, unless Robert Sacre somehow drastically improves his game.

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