Los Angeles Lakers: How Each New Acquisition Will Fit into the 2012-13 Rotation

The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t exactly had a hectic offseason compared with other teams around the NBA, but adding the former two-time MVP Steve Nash and the former Sixth Man of the Year Antawn Jamison were huge improvements to the roster.

Mitch Kupchak and Co. may not be done making moves and could even add the “Dwightmare,” Dwight Howard, via trade moving forward.

However, since my ability to predict the future is not perfected yet, analyzing the new acquisitions we know will be a part of the Lakers’ locker room next season and how they’ll fit in the 2012-13 rotation will have to suffice.


Steve Nash

Ideally, Nash’s role on the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers will be similar to what it has been for years in Phoenix, which is having the freedom to run the offense in order to make all of his teammates better.

The acquisition of Nash, coupled with the fact that Phil Jackson is now a full season removed from the head coaching gig in Los Angeles, should translate to the obituary of the triangle offense.

Instead of isolation one-on-one sets, Nash can single-handedly open up the court and create a free-flowing offensive system that runs through him.

The Lakers new head coach Mike Brown was widely criticized during his first year in Los Angeles even though he had some admittedly big shoes (and big chair) to fill. If Brown understands how to utilize his new V8 engine next season, the Lakers will be in good shape.

However, Brown needs to be aware that the engine he now has to run his machine has more than a few miles on the odometer.

Nash is now 38 years old and will turn 39 in February of next year. Last season with the Suns, Nash averaged 31.6 minutes per game and stayed healthy enough to play in 62 of a possible 66 games under the watchful eye of Alvin Gentry. That number should be a good barometer of where...

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