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A look at the LA Lakers bench
The Los Angeles Lakers' bench play was simply atrocious in 2012-13. According to Hoopstats, L.A. was 28th in bench scoring, which evidently was insufficient. The team was not equipped to go deep into their second unit, and that became quite apparent once injuries began to mount.
The front office has since rectified this issue and upgraded their reserves. Mitch Kupchak added Chris Kaman, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar and Wesley Johnson. Young is probably a starter, but the rest of the players will help fortify a bench mob that already features Steve Blake, Jordan Hill and Jodie Meeks.
None of these players are game changers, but they are competent enough to give the starters a breather and even play alongside them as well. Indeed, the reserves are handpicked specialists that will fulfill a specific role against the second-unit players of their opponents.
For instance, Kaman will be asked to score on the block and rebound while Meeks will be tasked with converting long-range shots. Improved bench play is a great way to mitigate the loss of two starters (Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace).