Los Angeles Lakers: Supporting Cast Must Step Up for Chance at NBA Title

The Los Angeles Lakers have managed a 10-6 record up to this point in the season, but there hasn't been many aspects of their game that anyone can really call impressive.

Sure, the Lakers have only lost one game at home and have gotten some solid wins against playoff-worthy opponents, but they have only earned a single victory on the road and have lost some early tests in matchups against the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat.

If the Lakers are thinking to go deep in the playoffs, there are going to have to be some changes.

Kobe Bryant has been his usual dominant self, averaging 30 points and five assists but has been forced to be on the court for nearly 38 minutes a game with a wrist injury because of the lack of the supporting cast he has in L.A.

With the exception of Lakers big men Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, the rest of the Lakers starting line-up and bench players have looked stagnant through the first part of the season.

Both Bynum and Gasol are averaging 16 points apiece, while the next closest players are small forward Matt Barnes and guard Steve Blake with eight and seven points  per game, respectively.

The recent injury to Blake doesn’t help the Lakers guard play either since starting guard Derek Fisher is forced to stay on the court for longer minutes with rookie Darius Morris as the next player in line to come off the bench.

Fisher has only averaged four points and four assists while Morris has added three points and two assists of his own. Although Morris has shown some athleticism and explosiveness off the ball, he is also averaging two turnovers in his 18 minutes on the court.


For the Lakers bench to look anything close to the “Bench Mob” of last season, veteran forward Metta World Peace is also going to have to find his rhythm in his backup role.

World Peace tweeted earlie...

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