The Lakers have just signed Matt Barnes to a 2-Year $3.6 million contract.
This adds his defensive intensity and toughness to the already star-studded championship team.
Ratliff was also signed for a year, adding his defensive ability on the bench to back-up Andrew Bynum.
I'm so excited for the Lakers this season. It sounds like they are adding slasher defenders to Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, and Matt Barnes. This looks to add a more dominant defensive front-court to an already dominant back-court.
Derrick Caracter will add a tough body in the interior.
He is a young banger, with a body of a foot-ball player. He is 6'9", and his body and playing style closely resembles that of Glen Davis.
His footwork is another thing that stands out, adding to his agility.
I would love to see Derrick get minutes. Caracter adds youth, energy, and strength to the team.
The 6'9" lengthy and athletic Devin Ebanks has also proved to be a huge steal in the 2nd round.
He is being compared to former Laker, Trevor Ariza. He resembles Ariza's great length, athleticism, shooting touch, hustle, and even looks like Trevor himself.
I really love the potential for Ebanks, as he has shown to be able to shoot well and defend well.
Devin adds vigor, energy, athleticism, defense, and youth.
Theo Ratliff is a solid back-up to the Laker's already great back court: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom.
His defensive prowess gives Los Angeles a shot-blocker coming off the bench. Theo also brings experience and toughness to the team, which is positive, as it may end up influencing the development of Caracter.
Matt Barnes is a proven defender, and capable scorer.
Adding Matt Barnes brings some experience and defensive toughness.
He can shoot the 3, and looks like a smaller, quicker Ron Artest.
He is known as one of the better defenders in the league. This instantly makes the Laker's depth lethal.
This has to be the best addition, with a possible exception to Steve Blake's.
Steve Blake is a NBA veteran who is capable of scoring and playmaking.
He is a proven scorer and facilitator. He is also a very good defender, chosen to defend Kobe Bryant on some occasions.
The Lakers direly needed Steve Blake, because it was very chaotic at that spot.
Blake's high basketball IQ may serve him well in the Triangle.
This adds to the roster a great passer, and a shooter.
If it weren't for that huge three above, the Lakers would not be on top of the world right now.
Derek Fisher's huge, I mean, HUGE contributions to the team during the postseasons cannot go unnoticed.
Every Laker fan, like myself, loves Fisher's tremendous heart.
His will to win, and clutch ability makes him a superstar, despite low numbers.
The Laker's need Derek's vocal leadership, veteran experience, and colossal 3's.
This offseason has brought amazing adjustments and additions to the championship team.
Looks like we're getting rid of the useless bench in Josh Mbenga, DJ Morrison, and Adam Powell.
The Los Angeles front office has done a marvelous job reshaping and enhancing this squad, making major changes. It looks like they have taken care of every issue.
They have fixed their youth problem, by possibly signing outstanding rookies. Adding an actually useful center to the bench. Bringing in a proven point guard. Signing Matt Barnes.
They look to combat the Miami Heat. Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, and Steve Blake may be the best front court defense in the league.
They're already great back court now has nice back-ups in Caracter and Ratliff.
Their bench is greatly enhanced. Miami, give Los Angeles your best shot.