Chris Paul, Deron Williams: Which Guard is a Better Fit for the L.A. Lakers?

After an emphatic and embarrassing loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely take a nice long look at their roster, and the first place management's gaze will fall is likely at the point guard position.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding which players Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and owner Jerry Buss might target for the future, and most of the rumors have swirled around Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Howard is certainly the type of dominant physical presence that any team would covet, but is he the Lakers most pressing need?

Although Howard's game-changing talent would be hard to pass up in most any circumstance, point guard help is clearly the Lakers' biggest need at this moment and in the future.

The perspective may have changed a little when the Lakers surprisingly chose Mike Brown to replace the retiring Phil Jackson, but the players the franchise will target likely remains the same.

The choice of Brown probably means that the Lakers' famed triangle offense is history and that means the need for a dominant point guard becomes even more pressing.

In the triangle the age and deteriorating skills of starting point guard Derek Fisher were mostly hidden since there was little emphasis placed on a conventional lead guard.

Still, there were numerous moments the Lakers were exposed defensively by Fisher's lack of quickness and inability to prevent penetration from opposing point guards and in Brown's system those weaknesses would likely be magnified.

If the Lakers do choose to pursue a high profile point guard through trades or free agency then New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul and New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams are the most likely candidates.

Like Howard, both Paul and Williams will be unrestricted free agents in 2012, but there is a strong chance their respective teams will seek to ...

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