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Los Angeles

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2012-13 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
105.6103.6
8th Overall19th Overall
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2012-13 Season Stats

W

45

L

37

PCT

.573

GB

11

CONF

28-24

DIV

8-8

HOME

29-12

ROAD

16-25

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Dwight Howard? Metta World Peace? Of all the transitions ahead, there is nothing quite like the look of holdover Pau Gasol with Chris Kaman and Nick Young or Wesley Johnson.

C-

BckCourt
Kobe Bryant-Steve Nash is a meeting of superstars. Unless it's Steve Blake and Nash for a while. Or Blake and Johnson. Bryant will be racing to get healthy.

C+

Defense
It seemed worse than it actually was last season -- a reasonable 14th in shooting defense -- but the bottom could really drop out following the Howard and World Peace departures.

D

Bench
The constant problem of 2012-13 will continue into the new season, especially until Bryant returns and the Lakers get their preferred depth chart. At least they have a lot of guards.

C

Coaching
Mike D'Antoni can coach. The question is whether he can coach this team, with its older legs, or whether he can step away from the up-tempo system to fit these Lakers.

B-

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C

Summary

It's still impossible to look away, only now for different reasons than a year ago at this time. Realistic championship hopes are so 2012, replaced by wonder if the Lakers can just make the playoffs. Howard, counted on to be the superstar for the post-Bryant years, ran for the door. Kobe is trying to return from a serious injury at what would be a late stage of his career under the best of health circumstances. This will be memorable viewing either way.

Meanwhile, this is either the beginning of the next Bryant in-your-face retort or a water break for the horse carrying Kobe into the sunset. But count him out at your own risk.

-- Scott Howard-Cooper

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing