After manufacturing a blockbuster trade to land Steve Nash this month, the Los Angeles Lakers have one of the strongest starting line-ups in the NBA. Unfortunately, when analyzing the team's players six through twelve, it's a dire situation.
During the 2011-12 campaign, the Lakers bench ranked dead last in scoring and was a constant source of weakness during the compressed 66-game season.
Even Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak plainly acknowledged the need to improve his bench during an NBA TV interview at this year's Summer League in Las Vegas.
So who is returning? Who is leaving? Where do the Lakers need help?
Let's take a look at the Lakers' current bench scenario.