The Los Angeles Lakers are not exactly suffering from a lack of talent on their roster. With Kobe Bryant at the 2, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest at the 3, Pau Gasol at the 4, and Andrew Bynum at the 5, you'd be hard pressed to find a team with five players of that caliber.
So what's missing? For the first time since 2007, the Lakers were exposed by their lack of a quality point guard in what's quickly becoming a point guard-driven league.
If you look at a list of current NBA point guards, you'd have a fairly tough time arguing that Derek Fisher belongs in the top 40. There are no two ways about it, it's officially an issue. And in my opinion, it's the most critical issue that needs to be figured out before next season.
The Lakers need a point guard who, first and foremost, can defend the growing number of elite point guards in the NBA. They also need said point guard to be able to knock down the three-point shot with consistency, allowing the Lakers to get the proper spacing required to play two big men inside at the same time.
Let's take a look at some potential solutions to this suddenly glaring problem.