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Since Nick Van Exel left the team prior to the 1998-1999 season, the Los Angeles Lakers’ biggest weakness has been point guard play. Derek Fisher has been the team’s starting point guard since his return to Los Angeles in 2007.
And while D-Fish will always hold a special place in the hearts of Lakers fans for his clutch play and toughness throughout the years, it’s becoming tiresome watching nearly every point guard in the league blow past him on the defensive end of the court.
Can the Lakers be a top-three team in the Western Conference with Fisher as their starting point guard? Probably. Can they win another championship? Probably not.
It should be a top priority of Jim and Jerry Buss when free agency begins to find a quality starting point guard.
There have been rumors of the Lakers being interested in Los Angeles native Baron Davis. (In addition to having Jamaal Tinsley currently signed to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team’s D-League affiliate).
Unfortunately, Davis is better known his filmmaking abilities and underwhelming effort on the basketball court the last few seasons. But we all know what he can do when motivated. Remember the 2006-07 season and postseason?
With rookie Darius Morris still too young and inexperienced to lead a veteran-laden team to a title, it’s definitely worth taking a risk on Davis now, to ensure the team’s in the hunt come this spring.