The two big problems facing the Los Angeles Lakers are defense and depth. The latter is particularly concerning, considering that general manager Mitch Kupchak and the team's front office had virtually no cap space to work with over the summer, meaning the team's bench is now even thinner than it was last season.
According to HoopsStats, the Lakers bench ranked 28th last season in scoring, and simply looking at the team's reserves, there's no reason to think that mark will improve dramatically.
Examining Mike D'Antoni's bench, the Lakers will be dependent upon Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and possibly Xavier Henry to score the ball.
The big thing that you notice about that group is that only one player (Henry) is capable of creating his own shot off the dribble time and again, and we're not even sure how much time Henry is going to see at this juncture.
Blake is a solid table-setter and at times a great three-point shooter (shot 42.1 percent from deep last season), but he is hardly a threat to score off the dribble. For his career, Blake is a 42.2 percent shooter inside the arc, per Basketball-Reference.
Pairing Nick Young with the Lakers' second unit at times could help open up the offense a bit, but it's not going to provide L.A. with the stability it so desperately needs.