Darius Morris/Chris Duhon:
There is no doubt that Chris Duhon and Darius Morris have gotten quite a bit more run at the point guard position than intended due to the injuries to Steve Nash and Steve Blake.
Both guards are getting a little over 20 minutes each and are putting up average numbers.
They aren't intended to be creators or even scorers for the team. Being merely placeholders for Nash and Blake, the two guards are averaging a combined 9 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in their combined 47 minutes per game in the last 10 games.
Though their productivity doesn't stand out too much on a standard box score, they have been consistent in their production.
In terms of Dwight Howard, the superstar has been scoring at a high clip and with efficient field goal percentage.
It isn't surprising that his stock hasn't dropped given the fact that he is undeniably the focal point of the Lakers' game plan.
Averaging 17.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in the last ten games, Howard's only real gripe has been on the offensive end, where he hasn't been able to hit his free throws. Averaging 43.4 percent from the line, Howard has been an offensive liability at the end of games, when teams generally begin to utilize the Hack-a-Howard strategy.
Averaging 28.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 5.8 assists per game in the last 10 games, Bryant has had to assume a bigger role as a playmaker in the absence of Nash.
However, it is a marvel in itself how Bryant is still able to perform at such a high level despite his age.
Despite his impressive statistics and the fact that he has been more of a creator, Bryant is at his best when he doesn't have to worry about making the players around him better.
Although that doesn't sound like the mark of a truly great player, players like Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade never truly looked to make their teammates better either.
Sure, they were great passers and could find an open teammate, but they did so by looking for their offense first. Whereas players like Magic Johnson and LeBron James are active creators, players in the same mold as a Jordan or a Bryant do their best work finding their own offense and letting teammates work through their offensive mindset.
Once Nash returns, Bryant will be able to refocus on what he does best, like he has stated, and that should not only increase his productivity, but allow for Nash to orchestrate the offense.
Metta World Peace:
Averaging a steady 13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the season on a less than spectacular shooting percentage of 40.9 percent, Metta World Peace has been a steady presence for the Lakers.
Providing scrappy defense and decent scoring despite his relative inefficiency, World Peace has provided his brand of energetic play despite the system change.