Collectively, the Los Angeles Lakers produced their worst season in franchise history. Individually, the players all get passing grades accompanied by a cloudy future.
These guys played hard and passionately for most of a very long, frustrating, unfortunate season in which they set a franchise record for futility. There just weren't enough bodies due to injury and not enough talent to win many games in the highly competitive Western Division of the NBA.
With only Robert Sacre, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant on the books for next season, many of the remaining 12 Lakers will be gone to other teams by summer though several will be encouraged to stay in L.A.
If there was one silver lining in the Lakers' 27-55 season of discontent, it was that head coach Mike D'Antoni gave young, inexperienced players ample opportunities to show what they could do on the NBA stage. D'Antoni may not return to L.A., but players like Ryan Kelly, Kendall Marshall and Wesley Johnson may owe their pro futures to him.
There were lowlights to be sure this season, including a 48-point loss at home to the L.A. Clippers and the horrible leg injury suffered by Kobe Bryant just six games into his return from a major Achilles tear a year ago.
But, there were a number of individual highlights as well. Call them glimmers of hope for a franchise that, at least on the court, appears to have hit rock bottom and can only go up from here.