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Predicting Los Angeles Lakers' Final 15-Man Roster
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This has been a busy summer for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team lost the best center in the NBA, but Mitch Kupchak still managed to improve the overall roster with signings like Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman and Nick Young.

The Lakers’ 2013 campaign was honestly one of the weirdest seasons that I’ve ever seen in my entire life of watching sports. Mike D’Antoni became the new coach following Mike Brown's firing after five games, and the team barely made the playoffs despite having a roster oozing with future Hall of Famers.

Here’s something ever weirder than that: The Lakers will be better in 2014 than they were in 2013.

I realize that Dwight Howard is gone, but several of the gaping holes that caused the team’s downfall have been filled.

Johnson and Young will provide legitimate three-point threats, Farmar will give the team another reliable ball-handler, Kaman and Jordan Hill will clog the paint and not wine about touches, and there won’t be as much tension in the locker room.

D’Antoni will have a full training camp and preseason to work with his players, and he actually has a team that can thrive in his run-and-gun, high-powered offense. If he can’t get it together this season, he won’t be back in 2015—especially when the Lakers plan on pursuing big-time free agents like Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

If Kobe Bryant is on your team, you’re going to be pretty good. Throw in Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and a couple of shooters, and you’ve got yourself a nice-looking squad.

I’m not saying that the Lakers are serious title contenders, but they’re going to be better than they were last season.

All depth chart predictions in the following slides were drawn from Rotoworld.

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