As the Los Angeles Lakers enter the All-Star break, it's clear that this is not the same team fans have grown accustomed to watching over the past few years. They are 20-14 and in second place in the Pacific Division, a game-and-a-half behind the rival Los Angeles Clippers. A 6-12 road record has kept them from looking as dominant as they once were.
The fact is that while the Lakers are not a bad team by any means, it's going to be hard for them to win on the back of an aging Kobe Bryant and guys like Pau Gasol, who are reliable, yet unpredictable.
That being said, let's play teacher and grade each of the Lakers starters at this point in the season.