Breaking Down Why Pau Gasol Should Anchor LA Lakers Second Unit

14 games into the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers' lackluster 7-7 record is indicative of how the team has played. 50 percent of the time they've been as dominant as their talent would suggest, while the other half has been spent underwhelming fans and dropping games to opponents in disappointing fashion.

In order to cure said woes, steps must be taken to have Pau Gasol anchor the Lakers second unit.

Before we move forward, let it be known that I am not suggesting Gasol be removed from the starting lineup. Instead, I am proposing the Lakers make a move to place Gasol with the second unit to start the second quarter, end the third period and begin the fourth.

In turn, Gasol will provide the Lakers second unit with an elite scorer, quality facilitator and all-around leader on the floor. He will also provide the starters and sixth man with an opportunity to thrive, which we will get to in a matter of moments.

Until then, let us acknowledge where the Lakers presently stand.

The Lakers are a team of unparalleled talent and overwhelming expectations. Every game played is spent under a microscope, which is why their early-season shortcomings have been so well documented amongst NBA analysts and fans alike.

If they fail to turn it around quick, the pressure may be enough to crumble the Mike D'Antoni-led Lakers. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though, as there is more than enough time for recovery.

The first step in the right direction would be moving Gasol.


Bringing the Best Out

The Los Angeles Lakers current second unit consists of sharpshooter Jodie Meeks, rebounding force Jordan Hill and all-around offensive threat Antawn Jamison. They'll also have a spark plug at point guard in Darius Morris upon Steve Nash's return.

So which players would work best off of one another?

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