Progress Report for Each L.A. Lakers Youngster at Start of Season

The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of youth on the roster, but they certainly have an old-timer feel to the team with the current starting lineup. The goal is to win a championship, and some of these younger players are going to suffer in the process.

Through two games, it's clear Los Angeles is going to rely on veteran experience in tight games. Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant both logged close to 40 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers, and after Steve Nash came out with a leg injury, it was Steve Blake that played exclusively at point guard.

There are positions on the team where playing time can be had. Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill are both youngsters that should see significant minutes, though Meeks needs to be a consistent three-point shooter to keep his role.

Looking at the Lakers on the roster that are under 25, we've compiled a progress report of where they are right now. Complete with a grade, the Lakers have six guys under the age of 25, so there's plenty of room for both praise and criticism in this team's 0-2 start.

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