First-Quarter Report Card Grades for Each Member of the L.A. Lakers

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First-Quarter Report Card Grades for Each Member of the L.A. Lakers
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In terms of talent, the Los Angeles Lakers are definitely stacked.

With a dominant force on defense in the form of Dwight Howard and one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA in Kobe Bryant, the Lakers have two of the best anchors on both ends of the floor.

Furthermore, the acquisition of Mike D'Antoni has ushered in an era of showmanship and excitement not seen in L.A. since Magic Johnson's Showtime Lakers.

However, things haven't gone as smoothly as anticipated.

Stumbling out of the gates to the tune of 12 losses in their first 21 games, the Lakers are in desperate need of a heart transplant. 

Playing with what appears to be a lack of heart and effort in the face of adversity, the Lakers are showing a lack of mental toughness. Some of that boils down to the coaching and personnel changes. However, the onus of the blame still falls on the players themselves.

This report card will grade all of the players on the Lakers averaging over 10 minutes a game based on the following criteria: offense, defense and intangibles.

Furthermore, Steve Nash and Steve Blake have not played enough games this season to warrant a grade. Nash has played less than two games while Blake has played less than a third of the first quarter of the season.

Statistics are accurate as of Dec. 10, 2012

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