Guaranteed Contracts: 11 fully guaranteed, Two partially guaranteed, Six non-guaranteed
Key Battle: Marcus Landry vs Darius Johnson-Odom vs Xavier Henry vs Ryan Kelly
The fun thing about Mike D'Antoni's offensive system is that it can produce gems out of nowhere. We know about Jeremy Lin, but D'Antoni has made a habit of turning shooting big men and plenty of point guards into productive players.
With that in mind, the Lakers should hold on to sharpshooting big man and second-round pick Ryan Kelly to boost the roster count up to 12. Kelly requires some patience since he's suffering through a foot injury, but he was unquestionably one of the best shooters from this year's draft.
Shawne Williams is another frontcourt option who can step back and knock down the three, and his previous experience with D'Antoni in New York and partially guaranteed contract should help him make the team.
Now we're at 13. Elias Harris and his high skill level impressed at summer league, and like Williams, he also has a partial guarantee on his deal for $100,000. Let's bring it to 14.
That potentially leaves one spot on the roster for the rest of the camp invites. Of the group, Marcus Landry, Darius Johnson-Odom and Xavier Henry seem to fit the wing need the Lakers have apparently identified.
Henry, a lottery pick in 2010, has the biggest name. Johnson-Odom is by far the best athlete. It might be Landry, however, who has the leg up on the competition for the last roster spot. Landry played under D'Antoni in New York, was the team's best player at summer league and has transformed himself into a dangerous three-point shooter.
Henry and Johnson-Odom have their appeal, but they aren't shooters. Landry feels like more of a D'Antoni guy.
Prediction: Kelly, Williams, Landry and Harris make the roster. If the Lakers only want 14 players instead of 15, Harris gets released.