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The Los Angeles Lakers were brutally swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
They lacked motivation, offensive and defensive intensity, and youth. On top of all that, they have a new head coach: Mike Brown.
Motivation and intensity are things that can be cured, but youth isn’t. The Lakers already have a solid core group of players in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, and Metta World Peace, but they lack productivity and youth at the point guard position.
Mike Brown has stated that the team will abandon the triangle offense, a system that Derek Fisher thrived in. This, in addition to his age, is a reason why Fisher isn’t a viable option for the Lakers at point guard.
The Lakers drafted Darius Morris in the 2011 NBA Draft, but he needs time to develop before he becomes a reliable starter.
As a result, the Lakers truly need a young, starting point guard, and Rodney Stuckey seems to be a good fit.
The Detroit Pistons drafted Brandon Knight, a player similar to Stuckey, so it seems that Stuckey’s days in Detroit may be over.
As a Laker, Stuckey will provide youth, athleticism, solid passing ability, and some scoring, all of which the Lakers lacked last season.
Some may argue that T.J. Ford or J.J. Barea are better options.
However, Ford has had injury problems and Barea is more of a bench player than a starter.
Stuckey is clearly the best option.