Even though the Los Angeles Lakers only have a 10-11 record and are on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, plenty of key role players have helped the team tread water with great play, which has earned them passing report card grades in the process.
The Lakers have faced a great deal of adversity in 2013-14. Kobe Bryant recently returned from an Achilles tear he suffered in April, Steve Nash has played just six games all season due to nerve root irritation and Pau Gasol—while he has appeared in every game—has been playing through a strained foot.
Mike D’Antoni has done an admirable job with an injury-riddled roster, and the bench-play has been nothing short of phenomenal—the second unit leads the league by scoring 47.8 points per game, according to Hoops Stats.
This clearly isn't the best Lakers squad in franchise history, but they do play with plenty of grit.
Note: All statistics used in this article are accurate as of Dec. 12, 2013 (prior to games played).