The 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers have held their heads above water with a decent 4-6 record, but they’re still searching for the perfect rotation to climb back to the .500 mark.
As expected, the Lakers have been dreadful defensively. They’re allowing 105.8 points per game, which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Only the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers have been worse in that regard.
Through 10 games, Lakers opponents are shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range. Needless to say, challengers aren’t having a difficult time scoring on this defense.
Although the defense has been abysmal, the Lakers are rebounding the ball well—they rank third with 47 rebounds per game—and are in the middle of the pack scoring-wise by posting 99.3 points per game. The downside is that they’re shooting an ugly 41.8 percent from the field.
So what five-man rotation is going to be the Lakers' best bet moving forward?
Finding defense within this group isn’t exactly feasible, but a handful of players have been efficient on the offensive end of the floor.
This article is not aiming to re-construct the Lakers starting five. Instead, I'm putting together the most productive and efficient five-man rotation the Lakers have available right now.
Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers need to embrace efficient offense wherever they can find it.
Note: All statistics in this article are accurate as of November 14 (through 10 games played).