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5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Lakers Will Return to Relevance in 2014-15

5 Reasons Why the Los Angeles Lakers Will be Better In 2014

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The Byron Scott era has officially begun and already Lakers fans are expecting an improvement from last year's team. With Kobe Bryant returning from two major injuries and the additions of Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle and Jeremy Lin, a lot of NBA fans outside of Los Angeles are doubting Scott and the Lakers. Here are five reasons why the Lakers will be returning to relevance this upcoming season.

5. Improved Offense

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5. Improved Offense

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Although the Lakers failed to land a big-name free agent, Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott should vastly improve the Lakers' offense. With a good balance of young players and veterans, the Lakers will have to determine early if they will implement a fast-paced offense. The Lakers have post players who can run the floor and should look to run if the aging Bryant and Steve Nash can keep up.

4. Flexibility at Forward

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4. Flexibility at Forward

Julius Randle
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No one will benefit more from the addition of Carlos Boozer than the No. 7 overall selection Julius Randle. Although the addition of Boozer will no doubt cut into some of Randle's minutes, Randle will now have a former All-Star to mentor him in the post. If Randle can knock down the 15-foot jumper consistently and crash the boards like he did in college, the Lakers will be in good shape.

3. 1-2 Punch

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3. 1-2 Punch

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Nick Young is currently the Lakers' best option at the small forward position and should get the start alongside Kobe Bryant come opening day. If Bryant and Young can both learn to co-exist and share the ball, the Lakers will surprise a lot of teams this season. If Byron Scott could get Young to play defense and team basketball, the Lakers will be in good shape. However, Young only averages 1.5 assists in his career.

2. Improved Defense

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2. Improved Defense

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It's no secret that the Lakers struggled defensively last season under then-head coach Mike D'Antoni. D'Antoni was never known for his defensive expertise and it showed last season as the Lakers finished 28th in defense, allowing 110 points per game. Although the Lakers' point guards aren't known for their foot speed on defense, expect Byron Scott to improve the Lakers' defense tremendously.

1. The Return of Kobe

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1. The Return of Kobe

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Although Kobe Bryant is returning from two major injuries, fans in Los Angeles are ecstatic and optimistic of the Black Mamba's return. Bryant missed all but six games due to injury, but still averaged a career-best 6.3 assists on a rebuilding Lakers team. If Kobe is 100 percent like he says, expect to see him put up some big points; however, with the influx of young talent, don't be surprised to see Kobe leading the team in assists.