Breaking Down How LA Lakers Must Play to Be Successful During 2013-14 Season

The Los Angeles Lakers' 2013-14 season will be a constant battle between 2005 and the present day. 

Mike D'Antoni's most successful years came when he was deploying a run-and-gun offense that would rather forfeit games than let more than seven seconds tick off the shot clock during a single possession. He tried to use the same strategy early on during his tenure with the Lake Show, but he quickly had to scale back. 

Now the roster has changed once more, and it's even more important that he adjusts his offensive system accordingly.

Assuming Kobe Bryant manages to return to full strength after his ruptured Achilles rehab is finished, this team does have enough talent to get back to the postseason for yet another year. It'll be tough in the brutal gauntlet that is the Western Conference, but it really is possible with Kobe, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and the rest of the pieces that are already in place. 

But only if D'Antoni follows a couple keys. 


Aging Roster Prevents too Much Running

During the 2012-13 season, the Los Angeles Lakers had the fifth-fastest pace in the NBA. Only the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors used more possessions per 48 minutes, according to Basketball-Reference.

Notice a trend there? 

All of the other quick teams were quite young, full of quick and/or springy athletes like James Harden, Andre Iguodala, Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry and devoid of aging contributors. 

Not one player in his 30s started more than 40 games for any of the four aforementioned teams. In fact, Andre Iguodala and David Lee were the two oldest consistent starters, and both can still run the court quite well. Iggy remains an athletic marvel, while Lee is a surprisingly quick big man in transition. 

This doesn't bode well for the Lakers if t...

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