NBA Draft 2011: Will the Lakers Be Legitimate Title Contenders Next Season?

As a die-hard Lakers fan, I found it incredibly hard to watch us crash out of the playoffs this past season in such an embarrassing fashion. We were outclassed and outplayed by a vastly superior team and as result we swept in devastating manner by the team who went on to win it all.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy that the Mavericks won the title this year. Not because of who their opponents were, but because we got to see two of the best players of the modern era win their first championship title.

Dirk Nowitzki furthered his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time and definitely the best European player to ever play in the NBA with the addition of a championship.

Similarly, we get to see one of the best point guards ever retire with a championship ring around his finger in Jason Kidd.

Now, if only Steve Nash can win a championship…

Anyway, back to the main topic.

There are some serious issues that the Lakers need to address in order to become title contenders next season.

The first issue is the fact that I can only think of two players on our entire roster under the age of thirty that is worthy of being a starting player. They are Shannon Brown and Andrew Bynum.

I hate to say it, but the Lakers are living in the past. We need youth on this team. We need to start building towards the future so that we can forge a championship calibre team for years to come.

However, if are to bring youth on this team, we face the prospect of trading away the best player for us over the Playoffs series. Andrew Bynum. We also face the possibility of losing one of the greatest bench players ever in Lamar Odom.

It’s a steep price, but it may just be what we need.

Let’s say we do trade away Bynum for Dwight Howard, who has been linked to the Lakers in the rumour mill for quite some time. We would have...

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