5 Biggest Issues Facing Los Angeles Lakers In 2014 Offseason

Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Biggest Issues In 2014 Offseason

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Now that Byron Scott has been introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the organization must put the D’Antoni era behind them and look forward to the future. With two aging superstars, a defensive-minded coach, and a roster not known for its defense, here are the five biggest issues facing the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 offseason.

5. Lack of Depth at Small Forward

Nick Young and Wesley Johnson
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5. Lack of Depth at Small Forward

Nick Young and Wesley Johnson
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If Nick Young and Wesley Johnson could be combined into one player, the Lakers would be in great shape at the small forward position. Young’s erratic defense and Johnson’s questionable offense will make head coach Byron Scott earn his four-year contract. Re-signing Young might’ve been one of the Lakers most important moves this offseason. Scott’s focus on defense should benefit Johnson if he can consistently knock down open shots.

4. Log Jam At Power Forward

Julius Randle
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4. Log Jam At Power Forward

Julius Randle
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With the additions of Julius Randle, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer, the Los Angeles Lakers have a log jam at the power forward position. Jordan Hill should get the start at center, but both he and Ryan Kelly are natural power forwards. Don't be surprised to see the Lakers playing a lot of small ball with Hill or Davis at the center position. Although Randle will benefit from the veteran Boozer, both forwards will want to play 30-plus minutes.

3. Lack of Shot Blocking Presence

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3. Lack of Shot Blocking Presence

Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre
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Head coach Byron Scott has already expressed his plans of leading a defensive-oriented Lakers team this season. However, with the lack of a defensive post presence, Scott may be in for a long season. The addition of Ed Davis may have left some fans scratching their heads, but Davis may be the Lakers' best defensive post. Last season Davis averaged 13.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per 36 minutes for the Grizzlies.

2. Questions at Point Guard

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2. Questions at Point Guard

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One of the Lakers biggest question marks this offseason is the production of veteran point guard Steve Nash. Will Nash be able to contribute in what may be his final NBA season? How will Nash’s lack of lateral speed and defense hinder him in Byron Scott’s new system? Scott will have a big task implementing defense at point guard with Nash and newly-acquired Jeremy Lin.

1. Wrong Buss in Charge

Jeanie Buss
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1. Wrong Buss in Charge

Jeanie Buss
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I hate to beat a dead horse, but the Los Angeles Lakers will continue to be a mediocre team at best with Jim Buss calling the shots, just ask Jerry Jones of the Cowboys. Although Jeanie has been in charge of business operations, it's no secret that little sis has everything her big brother is lacking. If big brother Jim and the rest of the organization would have listened to Jeanie, Phil Jackson would not be calling New York home today.