Grading Each Los Angeles Lakers Player's Performance at the Midseason Mark

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Grading Each Los Angeles Lakers Player's Performance at the Midseason Mark
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Whether you're a casual fan or an avid admirer of the Los Angeles Lakers, the 2013-14 NBA season has been confusing.

Through 46 contests, L.A. hardly resembles the storied franchise we've known throughout the years. The team is 14th out West, Kobe Bryant has played just six games and finding a consistent starting lineup has become a near-impossible task.

Then again, it hasn't all been bad entering the second-half stretch. Pau Gasol has re-emerged since the New Year, Kendall Marshall has been a surprise pickup from the D-League and Nick Young has provided energy and swag when the team has needed it most.

Grading this roster is difficult with so many injuries to take into account, but that's why "incomplete" is included as a category. Giving away "F" after "F" wouldn't be fair to those who can't help their health, especially considering grades are based on not just participation, but production and expectations as well.

None of these grades is set in stone, as a solid finish can change public perception. At 16-30, the only direction is up; although don't tell that to the fans with the draft already in sight.

 

*All rankings and statistics are accurate as of Jan. 28, 2014.
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