Los Angeles Lakers: A Look at the Starters and Bench Without a Blockbuster Trade

In an offseason filled with trades and signings that included possibly bringing Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, many believe the prestigious organization is heading into this season with a mediocre team that is nowhere near the usual standards the front office usually puts on the court.

Although the Lakers no longer have Odom, and may have some issues in the locker room to deal with early on in the season, it's nothing a few winning streaks can't settle.

This team may not be as primed for success as years past but don't sleep on a team that is bringing back the core that led them to the NBA Finals three of the last four years, including Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the still-young Andrew Bynum that has only gotten better in each of the last few years.

Some trades and signings may be inevitable in the near future but a look at the pieces in place now are needed to see just why the Lakers can, and will, make a push in the playoffs. 

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