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One of the Lakers’ biggest holes last season was at the point guard position.
This offseason, the Lakers addressed that issue by acquiring Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns.
Although he’s 38 years old, Nash is still capable of playing at a high level, and he will help the Lakers in a number of areas.
The most important thing that Nash will bring to the table is his passing skills. He will improve a Lakers’ offense that was stagnant at times last year.
Last season, 4.7 of Nash’s assists came at the rim and 1.1 came within 10 feet of the basket. He led the league in both categories.
If Nash was able to do that with Marcin Gortat, Hakim Warrick and Channing Frye, he’ll do even better with elite big men like Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, as well as with role players like Jordan Hill and Antawn Jamison.
Ideally, Nash will also benefit players like Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace by creating open jump shots for them.
The Lakers struggled from the perimeter last season, but Nash will help the Lakers improve in this area as a 40 percent shooter from three-point land.
By acquiring Nash, the Lakers received an elite point guard that can immediately help a team win an NBA title.
Nash’s glaring weakness is his defense.
Athletic point guards like Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and Chris Paul haven’t had much trouble using their speed and quickness against the Lakers in the past, and they will continue to have an advantage with Nash as the Lakers' starting point guard.
In addition, although Nash averages double-digit assists, he is turnover-prone.
He averaged 3.7 turnovers per game last season, which may pose a problem this season.
Lastly, Nash’s age may be an issue.
The Lakers signed him to a three-year deal, but it isn’t certain whether Nash will be able to play at an elite level throughout the entire deal.