Mike D'Antoni has started out his tenure with the L.A. Lakers to a hail of criticism and uncertainty. With an under-.500 record to start off, D'Antoni has a lot of work to do.
Despite Steve Nash being hailed as the Lakers' savior once he comes back to help fully implement D'Antoni's system, the Lakers' issues go far beyond that.
The premise to their offense is to utilize four shooters to supplement a big man and his ability to attack the paint via the pick-and-roll and the fast break. Although the Lakers have some very talented personnel, they may not have all the tools necessary on their bench to conform to this premise.
With Antawn Jamison getting the lion's share of the minutes at the 4-spot due to Pau Gasol's under-performing play because of the system or his injured knees, there aren't a lot of other players on the Lakers roster that fit the bill.
Though Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake can stretch the floor, and Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are mainstays in the starting lineup that can definitely hit the three-point shot, the Lakers still need some shooters off of their bench in order to really maximize the effectiveness of D'Antoni's system.
There may be a few shooters in the free-agent market who are still available for the Lakers to target in order to supplement their core players and further the implementation of the D'Antoni system.