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While Dwight Howard may be the substance, Steve Nash is the glue to the Los Angeles Lakers' offense.
Assuming he can hold up (38 is ancient in NBA years), Nash will be the reason a Kobe Bryant-Howard relationship can be successful. You could team Nash with a bunch of role players, which happened on the Phoenix Suns last season, and he could make them a decent squad.
Now Nash is on the same team as Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, Howard and Bryant. That's like giving one of the characters from the Expendables unlimited ammunition.
Combined, the Lakers' starting lineup has 33 NBA All-Star appearances and 18 All-NBA First Teams. On paper, the starting lineup has the potential to be the best in the past 25 years.
Nash's impact will be noticed immediately. The Lakers offense will flow because of Nash, and hopefully his presence will allow Bryant to make smarter choices on the offensive end.
One impact Nash will bring to the Lakers that seems to be going under the radar is his shooting ability. Nash is a career 49 percent shooter from the field, 90 percent from the free-throw line, and 42 percent from behind the arc.
Similar to Ray Allen on the Heat, Nash will see a lot of open looks because of the elite players surrounding him.