Despite losing three of their seven exhibition games, the Los Angeles Lakers have had a successful preseason. Establishing roles and working out the kinks in their system, the Lakers have had some surprising young stars rise above the rest.
Without Kobe Bryant for the entirety of the preseason, the Lakers were able to give each of their young guards a good look and plenty of minutes. Players like Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar have increased their stock by electrifying the crowd and showing the ability to conform to Mike D'Antoni's offense.
There is no doubt that the Lakers are still a flawed team. However, with a clearer rotation and a deep pool of talent on the roster, they still have time to work out the kinks in their offense.
While their interior defense and protection against penetration could potentially be issues all season, their offense should continue to improve as the players start to establish their roles in the rotation.
The preseason has been a good indicator of which players will be key contributors and which will spend most of their time riding the bench.