As times start to change in the NBA, the association has evolved into a point guard driven league where we tend to see offensive systems revolve around the man setting up the offense, mostly pick and rolls.
The Los Angeles Lakers came into the season with Steve Nash at point guard at the age of 38 years old. Nash was injured in the second game of the regular season on the road against Portland Trail Blazers as he went on to only play 52 games the rest of the season. It also did not help that backup point guard Steve Blake, who is 33 years old, missed significant time this year also with a rib injury, forcing Kobe Bryant to carry the load at the point guard position.
The Lakers have had difficulty the past couple seasons containing the young guards the NBA has to offer, primarily in the Western Conference such as Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Stephen Curry with the list going on and on.
With both Nash and Blake under contract for the 2013-2014 season, it is easy to assume the Lakers have to retain both of them, right? Not exactly. The Lakers have yet to use their amnesty clause, which can open up some cap room and roster space for a young point guard. So now the question becomes, who is available?
The point guard free agent class is led by Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent along with others such as Jeff Teague, Darren Collison, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Jarrett Jack, though with limited spending power, it may be tough to acquire guards of this caliber.
Mitch Kupchak has decisions to make regarding this roster if he expects this franchise to compete for a NBA championship.
This is an article by Eugene Jones. You can follow him on Twitter: @Hugo_Jones1