By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on July 31, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Here are the five biggest issues the team is facing in this current offseason:
The Lakers do not have a starting caliber small forward on their roster, leaving the job open to Wesley Johnson who has not been the most consistent player in the NBA so far in his career. Small forward is certainly a question mark heading into the season.
Some key contributors off the bench last year, including Jodie Meeks, have found new homes since the offseason started, leaving only Nick Young as the most solid bench scorer the team has. If the Lakers cannot put more around him before the season starts, then the team will have a mediocre bench once again.
The post positions are also going to be question marks heading into next season, as Julius Randle is still just a rookie and Jordan Hill has not proven himself as the next best thing at center. It is tough to win in the NBA with no big men, so the Lakers may have a tough time if they do not address that now in the offseason.
Jeremy Lin is the team's new starting point guard most likely, leaving only an aged Steve Nash to back him up. Nash has had injury concerns of his own the past few years, and if he is not healthy then Lin may be the only capable point guard on the whole roster. The Lakers would be wise to pick up another point guard this offseason.
I'll be very clear: if Kobe Bryant is not back to full form, then the Lakers will once again find themselves at the bottom of the conference next season. Bryant's replacement has not been found this offseason, and if he is not ready to go, then the Lakers will be flat out done for in the Western Conference.
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