With the addition of Pau Gasol, the Lakers are now favorites to win the West.
To be competitive and successful, the Lakers needed a triangle offense and a great passing game. Here is what Gasol can contribute:
Gasol is a scoring threat. This is good for Kobe because it means someone will share the responsibility. Lamar will also benefit; he’ll be free to play his favorite offensive role: passing the ball. Bynum will now have more room to work one-on-one under the rim, and Fisher will get more open shots.
Gasol’s arrival builds the biggest frontcourt in recent history. The three seven-footers (Odom is an inch or two away, close enough) in the frontcourt are all able to score 15-20 points a game, pulling down 8-10 boards a night. Those are dangerous numbers.
The biggest problem for teams facing the Lakers? A true small forward will have to defend Lamar Odom, while a true power forward will have to defend a tall Pau Gasol.
Looking at all current NBA rosters, I can’t find a single team capable of dominating the Lakers’ frontcourt.