Prior to Kobe Bryant's return, the Los Angeles Lakers were regarded as overachievers who maximized their offseason acquisitions to tread water in the competitive Western Conference. The Black Mamba's return has changed the dynamic of this scrappy team.
While Mike D'Antoni will have to figure out a way to integrate Bryant into an underachieving squad without the services of his three point guards for the foreseeable future, enough of the season has passed to know exactly what role each offseason acquisition can fill to ease this transition.
What may be just as impressive as thriving without Bryant is that these new acquisitions were able to hover above .500 despite the mounting uncertainty around Pau Gasol's offensive role since D'Antoni took over the team.
The grades the Lakers' offseason acquisitions receive will be based on their initial expectations and whether they fell below, met or exceeded them.