The Los Angeles Lakers have a prolific starting rotation—at least in name value—that matches up well with nearly any first unit in the league. The problem is, once Mike D'Antoni is forced to turn to his bench, the Lakers are sunk.
Players like of Jodie Meeks, Darius Morris and Chris Duhon are not good enough to lead L.A.'s second unit against the deeper teams that dominate the Western Conference. Simply put—the Lakers can ill afford to lean on their bench to score or defend well, and it will keep them from being contenders.
The following players would go a long way in helping the Lakers have more of an identity, and at least help to solidify a big problem lurking behind the starting five.