Somewhat lost amidst all the hubbub about All-Stars and future Hall-of-Famers donning purple and gold, though, was the way in which GM Mitch Kupchak managed to replenish his team's bench. The Lakers ranked dead last in bench scoring last season, per Hoops Stats, after shipping off Lamar Odom for a bag of peanuts—nosh that Kupchak later turned into Nash—and replacing the former Sixth Man of the Year with...ummm...Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy?
No wonder LA's second unit stunk up the Staples Center last season.
The additions of Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon, along with the returns of Jordan Hill and Devin Ebanks, don't exactly render the Lakers reserves a collective juggernaut, though they do (or should) signal a marked improvement over the previous state of affairs.
But where do these upgrades place LA's bench mob in the NBA's hierarchy of substitutes?