The Los Angeles Lakers lost one of the best centers in the league in Dwight Howard, but they still managed to add many new players to fill out their roster.
Despite their limited cap space, the storied franchise acquired cost-efficient players like Chris Kaman, Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Farmar. While they certainly aren't franchise changing players, they provide a nice balance for Mike D'Antoni's open court offense.
Chemistry was definitely an issue last season, but every player should know their role this time around.
Training camp is just around the corner, so it's time to rank every Lakers' player on the roster.
14. Elias Harris
The undrafted player out of Gonzaga displayed a nice showing at Summer League, so the Lakers awarded him with a multi-year deal. Due to the minimal depth at the power forward position, Harris is expected to provide valuable minutes off the bench, but due to his inexperienced play, he ranks last.
13. Robert Sacre
While Sacre's size will be useful for the Lakers, he won't be seeing a lot of minutes because Pau Gasol, Kaman and Jordan Hill are ahead of him on the depth chart. The big man needs to develop his game in order to turn into a productive NBA player.
12. Xavier Henry
The former Kansas product once had great promise coming into the NBA, but he hasn't quite found his niche in the league yet. Though his game is incredibly raw, the Lakers recently signed him in need of athleticism and 3-point shooting. Since Henry will not see many minutes this season, he won't play a big role for his team.
11. Shawne WIlliams
Williams is another new acquisition by the Lakers to provide long range shooting and depth at the four position. He played under D'Antoni's system in New York, so he will likely see limited action off the bench, and provide an offensive spark when needed.
10. Wesley Johnson
The former 4th overall pick hasn't lived up to his expectations, but he is expected to play a major role this year. With the departure of defensive stopper Metta World Peace, Johnson will have to step in as the primary perimeter defender, besides Kobe Bryant. Because he is still a raw player, he ranks in the bottom half, but he can still pan out to become a decent two-way player for the Lakers.
9. Jodie Meeks
Meeks is a potent three-point shooter and solid defender, so he should see a fair amount of minutes behind Kobe. Besides his exceptional shooting, he doesn't bring much else to the table offensively. Still, he's a useful player to have on the bench, and should thrive as a spot-up shooter.
The two-time champion is returning to L.A. and anticipates on giving the Lakers depth at both guard positions. While Farmar certainly isn't the passer that Steve Nash is, he is a much better defender than him. He has the necessary foot speed and athleticism to contain opposing point guards. Farmar's passing in pick and roll situations is another dimension of his game that he worked on while playing in Europe for the past year. At 26 years old, he has a lot of potential to develop into a better player.
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