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Although the Lakers have only one pick in the draft, they need to maximize its potential.
They won’t be able to sign a big fish in free agency because of cap space, so it’s vital that the team gets a hold of some good and financially cheap talent.
Anyway, the Lakers already have one of the best starting lineups in the league. However, they have one of the worst benches.
Also, they already have one of the best offenses, but they lack bench scoring—obtaining offensively skilled players is key.
In addition, they have a few players with expiring contracts such as Troy Murphy, Matt Barnes, Jordan Hill and Devin Ebanks.
The Lakers will need to fill these holes:
Backup Power Forward/Center: The Lakers don’t have much depth behind Gasol and Bynum and they may lose pieces if they fail to re-sign Murphy and/or Hill.
Small Forward: While I expect Metta World Peace to be a starter next year, the Lakers will need to draft a small forward in case they fail to re-sign Barnes and/or Ebanks.
Backup Scoring Guard: The Lakers don’t have much scoring outside of their starting lineup, and they don’t possess a legitimate backup shooting guard who can provide consistent minutes.
Perimeter shooters: At 25th in the league, the Lakers have one of the worst team three-point shooting percentages at 32.6 percent.
The team clearly has a lot of needs, but they’ll only have one pick in the draft.
Let's take a look at their options.