A lot can happen between now and the start of the 2012-13 NBA regular season. But even if the Lakers end up standing pat with their current roster, they should feel pretty good about their chances to compete throughout the season.
The Lakers are absolutely stacked in the starting lineup with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. They've also got three very capable reserves in Antawn Jamison, Steve Blake and Jordan Hill.
With the addition of Jamison, the Lakers have a very good scorer to come off the bench. Jordan Hill is an excellent rebounder and a good defender in the paint. And with Steve Blake still in the mix, the Lakers have a good backup point guard to spell Steve Nash when he gets tired.
Whether or not the current roster is enough to get the Lakers another NBA championship remains to be seen. But at the very least, the Lakers seem to be in a much better position to compete for a title than they were a year ago.