Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

When the 2013-14 season gets under way later this year, no one is expecting the Los Angeles Lakers to do anything – they don’t even expect them to make it to the playoffs.

Personally, I strongly feel Lakers have the roster to contend in the Western Conference with the additions they recently made. Let’s take a look at the new players.

Nick Young is like a point guard in a small forward’s body – he can also play the shooting guard. He has good control of his dribble and he can create his own shot. He’s explosive and can take his defender to the basket with ease or pull up for an outside shot. He will also likely be the replacement in the starting line up for Metta World Peace who recently signed with the New York Knicks.

Wesley Johnson adds defense. He has a very long wingspan and has a shot from the outside. He’s almost like a mixture of Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown – let’s just say he likes dunking on people. Mitch Kupchak said he can see him developing into a Michael Cooper/Ariza type player, and I agree with his prediction.

Chris Kaman adds a mid-range jumper from the top of the key. I really believe he and Pau Gasol can be a lethal combination in the paint on both ends of the floor. Running high-low sets, he is a slightly better jump shooter than Gasol and will use that to his advantage.

Jordan Farmar is obviously a former Laker who has been overseas in recent years. He last played in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and shot 44% from three-point range during the 2011-12 season. Farmar says he has gotten much better since the last time we saw him play in the NBA, especially on the defensive end.

What do all these guys have in common? They all took pay cuts to wear the purple and gold with a chance of signing for more years and more money next summer with the Lakers. The Lakeshow are not expected to make noise with this roster, but I strongly feel we should expect the unexpected, especially if Kobe Bryant comes back close to where he was.

Like I said, no pressure this year – no one is expecting us to do anything. Let’s go out there and change that.

This was an article by Mike Nasri. You can follow him on Twitter here: @LakersLDynasty

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