At the end of last season, it was clear that the Lakers needed a younger and more efficient point guard.
Derek Fisher hasn’t been very effective the past the few seasons, shooting well below 40 percent from the field. In addition, Fisher’s age is a significant issue—at 37 years old, he doesn’t have much left in the tank.
Steve Blake played well below expectations in his first season with the Lakers, averaging a mere 4.0 PPG on 35.9 percent shooting from the field.
Like Fisher, Blake is getting old—he’s 31 years old now.
The Lakers addressed their need at point guard by drafting Darius Morris in the 2011 NBA Draft.
However, the Lakers needed an immediate solution heading into the 2011 offseason in order to get into championship form.
They attempted to trade for Chris Paul, a player who could’ve remedied many of the team’s woes, but that trade unfortunately fell through—a big opportunity missed.
The Lakers could’ve attempted to trade for a young point guard like Ramon Sessions of the Cavaliers or Rodney Stuckey of the Pistons—although the trades could have been costly, the Lakers would’ve certainly gotten value in return.
Furthermore, the Lakers could have tried to woo a free agent like Mario Chalmers to come to Los Angeles, but that didn’t happen.
Clearly, the Lakers had a few opportunities to improve at the point guard position, but things didn’t work out.
Now, they must continue to work things out with the aging point guards they have: Steve Blake and Derek Fisher.