Grading Every LA Lakers Starter in 2012-13

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Grading Every LA Lakers Starter in 2012-13
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There was plenty of blame to go around for the historically disappointing Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-13.

A superheroic offseason effort by Mitch Kupchak netted L.A. a real life "Fantastic Four" as Steve Nash and Dwight Howard joined forces with a pair of champions, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

But the cast of characters eventually led by a trio of head coaches—first Mike Brown, then Bernie Bickerstaff as a stop-gap solution before Mike D'Antoni was installed for the long haul—looked a lot more like "The Replacements."

The blame game grabbed hold of nearly everyone in the organization, as the preseason champs turned postseason chumps in a matter of four games.

But all of the criticism in the world couldn't carry the same ferocious bite as the pervasive parasite better known in sports circles as the injury bug.

Fourteen different players started at least once. No one saw action in more than 78 games, and only five were able to crack the 60-game mark. L.A.'s marquee starting five (Nash, Bryant, Metta World Peace, Gasol and Howard) started just seven games together on the season, falling short each time out.

Where these Lakers will fall in the annals of sports disasters remains to be seen. Safe to say it will hardly be an enviable position, though.

So, where exactly did things go wrong? The front office and coaching staff didn't help matters, but here's how each of the 14 starters fared on the year.

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