Los Angeles Lakers: Is Andrew Goudelock the Answer at Point Guard?

Andre Khatchaturian@AndreKhatchCorrespondent IIIJanuary 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  C.J. Watson #7 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Andrew Goudelock #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have nothing to lose at the point guard position anymore.

As Derek Fisher approaches the end of his career and shows on a game-by-game basis that his old legs are not suitable enough to guard the best point guards in the league, the Lakers continue to look for options for someone to eventually replace Fish.

The Lakers have reportedly shown interest for Gilbert Arenas, but the answer to their point guard woes may be sitting right in front of their face.

With the way Andrew Goudelock has been playing in the last two games off the bench, the Lakers need to continue to unleash G-Lock and hope that he emerges as the successor to Fisher.

First of all, a guy like Arenas may be all but washed up. He's had off-court problems throughout his career and the Lakers just don't need that kind of baggage on their team.

He may just come to LA and be a complete bust. 

For once the Lakers should promote from within instead of trying to pull a New York Yankees type of deal to fix their point guard situation.

Mike Brown has actually given Goudelock some minutes in the last two games and he has not disappointed at all. 

He's averaged 13.5 points per game and he's shooting the ball extremely well. In both of those games he's averaged over 20 minutes which goes to show that if Goudelock gets more playing time, he will provide an offensive boost for the Lakers.

He's also shooting the ball more. In his most recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Goudelock shot the ball a career-high 10 times.

Although Goudelock doesn't do much of anything else, like facilitate the offense with assists or grab rebounds, he's only really played in two games. Give him a break.

He's also had trouble on defense, but with Mike Brown as his head coach, he could develop into a solid defensive player.

Goudelock is not going to be Chris Paul overnight. He may never even be an All-Star. That's fine. The Lakers don't need him to do that.

All they have to have him do is be a spark offensively because the team has been a mess when they've had the ball. They've only reached the century mark once this season and this is well documented.

If Goudelock develops as an NBA player in the next few months (and let's face it—game situations are the best way for a young guy to grow, and Andrew's starting to get some playing time), the Lakers will get that offensive boost they need.

Never forget that Kobe Bryant also used to come off the bench back in the late 1990s and his successes in those kind of situations eventually gave him a starting nod.

Goudelock is like the boy born into a rich family. He got lucky he was drafted by such a great team with smart, high-IQ veterans. Being groomed by Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Fisher can only make him better. 

The Lakers just have to give Goudelock a chance and let him shoot more. If it doesn't work out, that's fine. It's better than blowing money on Arenas and having that plan backfire.

It's just that the Lakers already have enough talent defensively to win plenty of games. For this reason, an elite point guard like Derrick Rose or Chris Paul is not a necessity, but a luxury. They just need an efficient guy who can score and play defense.

The way it's looking for Goudelock after the past two games, the Lakers may have found their diamond in the rough.