What a difference a year makes.
Last offseason the Los Angeles Lakers were making mental preparations for yet another championship parade after penciling in a starting lineup of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
That murderer’s row—which has combined for 35 All-Star appearances, 33 All-NBA selections (19 First Team), four Defensive Player of the Year trophies and three league MVPs—started together all of seven times in 2013, leading the Lakers to the same number of playoff victories as the Charlotte Bobcats.
Going into 2014, the situation is much bleaker. Howard is gone, Bryant is hurt, Nash is suddenly very old, World Peace is on the verge of being amnestied, and Gasol is constantly involved in trade rumors.
So what will the starting five look like next season? Let’s take a look.