L.A. Lakers Stock Watch: Who’s Rising and Falling Halfway Through Preseason?

As a franchise, there’s no question the L.A. Lakers’ stock is on the rise. That tends to happen when you add a pair of future Hall of Famers to a squad that was already an annual postseason participant—even if Dwight Howard (injury) and Steve Nash (age) aren’t exactly low-risk investments.

With four blue-chippers in Kobe Bryant, Howard, Nash and Pau Gasol, the Lakers’ only hurdles on the road to a deep playoff run are injuries and chemistry. And with Nash on board, it’s hard to imagine the team struggling to figure out how to play together for long.

But even with such a rosy outlook overall, not every stock in the Lakers’ portfolio is a winner.

Some have underperformed, while others have shown signs of trending downward. It also bears mentioning that the Lakers haven’t exactly hedged their bullish investment in stars by spending on the bench.

As a result, the supporting cast is a little weak, and the entire portfolio might not be diverse enough to withstand the market crash that would result from a couple of injuries to their Big Four.

In short, a little good luck on the health front will make the Lakers a sure bet to win at least 55 games and go deep in the postseason. But it’d be unwise to call your broker until we take a look at a few of the Lakers' rising and falling stocks.

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