The 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers off-season acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard have been covered ad nauseam by to this point of the preseason, and for good reason. That type of coverage usually comes when the best franchise in professional sports adds two All-Star caliber players.
With new players also comes new changes on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court, and its no coincidence that Nash and Howard respectively excel in these areas. Nash has led the NBA in assists five times and Howard is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The Lakers are installing elements of the Princeton offense this season, a change from the inconsistent offensive game plan utilized by head coach Mike Brown that stalled at times last season (L.A. had a stretch in January '12 of 13 consecutive games scoring less than 100 points).
On the defensive end, the Lakers have an anchor in the paint that will allow them more options for how they can defend opposing teams at multiple positions, Brown's bread and butter as a coach in the NBA.
In the upcoming slides, we will examine the most important offensive and defensive strategies for the Lakers will be implementing for 2012-13 in their quest for a championship, beginning with the offense and closing with the defense.