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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #29 Round 2: #42, #59

Draft History
2008 2007 2006 2005
No selection Javaris Crittenton Jordan Farmar Andrew Bynum
* Draft rights traded      

2008–2009 Record

  • 65-17, in Western Conference Finals


  • 112.8 (3rd)


  • 104.7 (6th)

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

Experience. Led by co-captains Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant and directed by head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers' foundation is glittered with championship rings. Add in a roster that has made deep runs in the Playoffs the last two years and you have a mentally strong, battle-tested team.

Needs Work:

Three-point shooting. The Vladimir Radmanovic trade might have given the Lakers some luxury tax relief and unearthed a hidden gem in Shannon Brown, but it also left them without any true perimeter threat outside of Kobe Bryant, who is best served taking it to the rim rather than camping outside. Sasha Vujacic and Adam Morrison have the potential to fill the role of a designated shooter, but L.A. could use another to spread the floor and give the triangle space to operate.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 1-- Number of lottery selections the Lakers have had in the last 10 years. Andrew Bynum was selected with the No. 10 pick in 2005.
  • 2.06 -- Difference in points per game allowed in the 2008-09 regular season as compared to ?07-08 after the Lakers committed themselves to defense following the 2008 Finals loss to the Celtics.

The Way To Go:

The way the Lakers finish off their 2009 Playoffs run will have a huge impact on the direction the team goes in '09-10. If L.A. comes away with the championship, Lamar Odom could make like James Posey last year when the veteran forward felt satisfied enough in a mission accomplished to go seek free-agent dollars elsewhere. If the Lakers don't take the title, it could go one of two ways: 1) Odom signs a short-term, discount deal to free up some cap room for L.A. to keep Trevor Ariza and Brown and give the ring another shot, or 2) Odom gets miffed that he wasted his contract year as a bench player, sacrificing personal stats for team glory only to come up empty and decides to sign on with whatever team throws the most money his way. With the second-to-last-pick in the first round, L.A. will be looking to take the best player available, but could put more value on a shooter or a backup big man if a quality one is still on the board.

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