Ranking LA Lakers Who Will Most Benefit from Steve Nash's Return

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Ranking LA Lakers Who Will Most Benefit from Steve Nash's Return
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The Los Angeles Lakers' woes will require much more than a quick fix.

Even former two-time MVP Steve Nash will have trouble turning around the 12th-ranked team in the Western Conference (9-13).

But with the despair that encompasses each loss, comes a minute relief that the Lakers could soon be getting back their star point guard.  Nash told David Leon Moore of USA Today Sports that he could be "another two weeks" from making his return. 

Nash's return will help jump-start the stalling Lakers offense. This team has struggled with turnovers (16.46, second highest in the league) and offensive creativity, both areas Nash can immediately address. 

Perhaps his biggest effect, though, will come from the burst of energy this roster should experience. The Lakers have looked sluggish on both ends of the floor.

There have been questions about the leadership of this franchise and its ability to overcome the biggest disappointment of the 2012-13 season. Nash may be the convincing argument that his teammates have needed to buy into coach Mike D'Antoni's system. Or perhaps Nash's approach will foster the collective effort that the fiery Kobe Bryant has been unable to coax.

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