Team Name: Los Angeles Lakers
Last Year’s Record: 57-25
Key Free Agents: Shannon Brown, Joe Smith, Theo Ratliff
Team Needs: Starting point guard; Frontcourt depth; Young, NBA-caliber talent
1. What are your team's biggest needs this offseason? What a difference a year makes.
A Lakers roster that a year ago seemed unfair in its depth and versatility is now woefully thin in some key areas and aging rather quickly (Andrew Bynum is the only guy with a guaranteed spot in the rotation that will be under 31 by mid-November) from top to bottom. In addition to some well-chronicled point guard issues (more on this momentarily), the Lakers are severely undermanned in the paint- I mean, just look at “key” free agents #2 and 3.