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Once considered to be one of the team’s biggest advantages, the Lakers bench proved to a weakness in 2010-11.
The team’s bench ranked 20th in field goals made and 18th in total offense.
The Lakers bench was outscored by the Mavericks bench by an average of 27 points a game during their playoff series last spring.
Aside from Lamar Odom winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award, the Laker bench bench failed to live up to expectations last season.
After an encouraging start to the season, in which he averaged 11 points a game for the month of November, Shannon Brown failed to maintain his momentum as the season progressed.
In his first season with the Lakers, Matt Barnes struggled to find his niche. Barnes only averaged 19 minutes a game, his lowest average since the 2005-06 season.
Also, it never seemed as though Barnes fully recovered from his midseason knee injury, which sidelined him for three months.
Add in the aforementioned struggles of Steve Blake, and it’s easy to see why the team’s bench had an underwhelming season.