With a retooled starting lineup and a revamped bench, the Los Angeles Lakers are among the favorites in the NBA to win the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2013. Everyone on the roster is accompanied by a fair amount of hype, but there’s reason to believe some players’ stock is better than others.
On paper, the Lakers appear to have the best starting lineup at all five positions and their bench is vastly improved from last year’s unit led by Matt Barnes and Steve Blake—neither averaged even eight points per game off the bench last year.
However, “good on paper” doesn’t always translate to the real deal. The Lakers have a plethora of stars combined with solid role players, so let’s look at every Lakers' stock leading up to the 2012-13 season.