L.A. Lakers: What to Expect from Each Player in the 2012-13 Season

The Los Angeles Lakers may not be done this offseason, but they've already added some intriguing pieces, including superstar point guard Steve Nash.

They've also agreed to a deal with a two-time All-Star to back up the forward positions and re-signed an emerging young rebounder.

Here's a look at the Lakers' probable starting lineup for 2012-13 season, as well as the key bench players. 


Starting Lineup

PG: Steve Nash

Steve Nash may be 38 years old, but he also made his eighth All-Star team last season, averaging 12.5 points and 10.7 assists while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 39 percent from downtown.

While Nash isn't the defensive-minded point guard the Lakers were seeking last season, he more than makes up for it on offense. He will likely be an All-Star in Los Angeles next season, and he has more weapons to play with than in Phoenix.


SG: Kobe Bryant

What else can be said about Kobe Bryant?

Bryant may be 33 years old and heading toward retirement, but the 14-time All-Star and five-time world champion still averaged 27.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season.

Bryant's field-goal percentage went down a bit last season (43 percent), but now he has a better point guard to feed him the ball. He's still one of the elite players in the league.


SF: Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace being Metta World Peace.

You never quite know what World Peace is going to do out on the basketball court, but Bryant reiterated in the playoffs last season that he always brings his all.

World Peace's offensive game has declined throughout the years, but it's also worth noting the 32-year-old's PER has dropped, as well. He's still a good defender, but not as good as he used to be on that side of the floor, in part due to his declining athleticism. He's...

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