Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Bench Players That Must Step Up for Lakers in the Playoffs

Going into the postseason the Los Angeles Lakers are looking tough. They had a strong showing against the Clippers in the Battle for L.A. matchup, but the starters can't do it all on their own. Their bench has to step up their play in order to ensure the Lakers win another championship.

Ranking a bench is tough because if you're on the bench, you obviously need to improve, but some players need this more than others. Then there's the odd situation of players on the bench who really shouldn't be there. Goudelock is a perfect example of this type of player. Finally, there are the players who are nearly neck-and-neck with another for a starting position, but for some reason they aren't quite there yet.

Who starts is obviously up to the coach, and there's been a lot of speculation about Coach Mike Brown's choices, but regardless, there are some players who need to step it up in the playoffs.

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