The 6 Most Pivotal Players for the L.A. Lakers in 2012-13

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The 6 Most Pivotal Players for the L.A. Lakers in 2012-13
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For a franchise built on success like the Los Angeles Lakers, anything less than an NBA championship is a disappointment. So after not winning an NBA title since the 2009-10 season, one can imagine that getting knocked out in the Western Conference semifinals for two years in a row is unacceptable.

As such, the Lakers made a real effort to overhaul their roster this offseason in an attempt to raise the elusive 17th championship banner to the rafters of the Staples Center. They added the league's top center in Dwight Howard, acquired point guard Steve Nash in a sign-and trade and signed Antawn Jamison to help get them over the top.

Now the team's roster is brimming with star-caliber players at all five positions. And it looks like the additions will be enough to put the Lakers back among the NBA's elite.

But despite having such a star-studded roster, the Lakers' hopes of winning a title hinge on a few key players. Here are the Lakers' six most pivotal players in 2012-13.

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