For a detailed article on the team’s five biggest needs heading into the new season, read my article from yesterday. But here is the list of needs, accompanied with a player who could potentially fill each respective void.
Backup center for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum: Jeff Foster
Jeff Foster is the perfect backup big man to have playing behind Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The 12-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Indiana Pacers.
But unlike past backup centers the team has boasted—I am looking at you, D.J. Mbenga and Joe Smith—Foster could hold his own on the court if thrust into action.
Point guard play: Baron Davis
Assuming the Cleveland Cavaliers use their amnesty on Baron Davis, which is rumored to be the case, the Lakers should make run at the UCLA alum.
Baron hasn’t been very committed to his craft as of late, but at this point the Lakers need any kind of an upgrade at the position they can get.
Outside shooting: Jason Richardson
Jason Richardson surely wouldn’t help the team’s cause for getting younger, but he would surely improve the team’s outside shooting woes.
Derek Fisher was the only Laker who shot 40 percent from beyond the arc last season.
Lack of youth and athleticism
I am still a fan of the team developing its in-house talent into possible rotation mainstays.
Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter will hopefully get a chance to prove their worth in Mike Brown’s new scheme.