Lakers Rumors: Byron Scott Will Have to Fix LA Defense to Find Success

The Los Angeles Lakers have certainly taken their time in making a head-coach hiring, but it appears that the purple and gold may have finally settled on Byron Scott to guide the team into a new era.

According to sources for ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Lakers are in negotiations with Scott to head the team:

Scott comes into a tough situation, although he doesn't necessarily have a tough act to follow. The Lakers' last coach, Mike D'Antoni, resigned in late April after amassing a 67-87 record in two trying Tinseltown seasons.

It's become clear that D'Antoni's fast-paced system, while providing entertaining basketball, doesn't foster the defensive commitments necessary for a team to make a real title challenge.

The Lakers won't be anywhere near a title this season, but Scott will have to rejuvenate the team's defense in order to at least bring the team back into playoff contention.

The Lakers ranked 28th in defensive efficiency last season, per ESPN's Hollinger rankings. The current roster, even with some new acquisitions, isn't really shaped to offer Scott much help in this regard.

At point guard, Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash are both major defensive liabilities.

Jordan Clarkson shows promise as a wing defender; he should be able to cover both guard spots with his 6'5" height and 6'8" wingspan. However, his only value may be versatility, considering noted his lack of speed as a potential damper on his success on defense at the professional level:

Defensively, Clarkson's size is a plus when he's closing out shooters or contesting shots inside the arc, and he puts in decent effort at times when he's fully engaged, but his lack of great lateral speed limits his ability stay in front of quicker guards.

A rotation between Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson at small forward could solidify the perimeter, and relegat...

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