NBA Draft 2011 Grades: Why LA Lakers’ Starting Point Guard Will Be Darius Morris

Fact—the LA Lakers will not win another NBA title with Derek Fisher as their starting point guard.

Fisher is the man.  

He's a warrior, leader and one of the league's most notable "good guys," but at this point in his career, he's a liability on both ends of the floor.  Starting a point guard who puts up a stat-line of 6.8 points and 2.7 assists is disgraceful.  Yeah, he does the "little things" on the court that don't show up on a stat sheet like hustle for loose balls and take charges, but opposing guards run circles around him and that doesn't show up on a stat sheet either.

If the Lakers go into the 2011-2012 season with Fisher as their starting point guard they're fools.  Chris Paul averaged 15.8 points, 9.8 assists and 4.1 boards a game throughout the regular season.  In the playoffs, he shredded the Lakers, who had no one to match up with him.  He put up a video game-like stat-line of 22.0 points, 11.5 assists and 6.7 boards, single-handedly taking the series to six games against the two-time defending champs.

It's not like Los Angeles had anyone better behind Fisher either.  

Steve Blake was supposed to be a major upgrade to Jordan Farmar, but he was anything but.  He was on the floor 20 minutes a game during the regular season and he only averaged 4.0 points and 2.2 assists a game.  In the postseason, his minutes dropped and so did his production to a measly 2.2 points and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 30.4 percent from downtown.

The Lakers have tried to find an upgrade this offseason.  

They've shown interest in Raymond Felton, Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions.  Felton and Flynn were traded during the draft so that leaves Sessions, who's nothing but a solid backup anyway.  LA made an offer to Golden State for Monta Ellis, but the Warriors look determined to keep him.

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