The 2012 NBA season came to a disappointing end for the Los Angeles Lakers, with a 42-point performance from Kobe Bryant failing to will the team to victory in a deciding Game 5. While blame could be placed in a handful of places, it has become clear that the supporting cast of the Los Angeles Lakers could have done more.
In 2013, they'll need to step up as Bryant enters his 17th year in the NBA at age 34.
From underachievers to players who couldn't find consistent playing time, the Los Angeles Lakers never received an adequate output from the majority of their players. The question is, which players are most important?
With the franchise's chance to win a sixth title since the turn of the decade in doubt, here are the six players who must step up for Los Angeles to bring home the gold.