The answer to this question is currently unknown . But as of today, it’s certainly a possibility. Right now, the Lakers' two best bench players are Metta World Peace and Steve Blake, both of whom are coming off underwhelming 2010-11 campaigns.
Otherwise, the team will be relying on the trio of Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy and Jason Kapono and possible contributions from first-year (Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock) and second-year players (Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter).
Contrary to what some believe, the Lakers starting five is still formidable, led by Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. But the contribution from the bench this season will ultimately be the difference in the team seriously competing for a championship and being eliminated early from the postseason for the second straight season.