DanishLakerFan, on 24 Jul 2013 - 02:51, said:
I agree that we could use a defender or two, but we do have a bit of size so we should be able to crowd the paint and guys like Nick Young and Wesley Johnson should be able to contest 3pt shooters. Also, I don’t think it’s that difficult to add a defender or two – either through free agency or via trades.
Why not look at these guys:
Tyrus Thomas, Ronnie Brewer, K-Mart, Mickael Pietrus, Delonte West, Dahntay Jones – there’s a lot of different defensive skills to be had…
IMO Delonte West is the guy to get. With Delonte you could try move both Meeks and Blake. I also think Ronnie Brewer would be a nice addition, since it’ll give us a real defensive stopper, who may not score much, but doesn’t really make mistakes either. Finally, a guy like Tyrus Thomas would be a nice addition. He’ll give the frontcourt the one thing they need: athleticism and shotblocking.
Regarding the season; we can only be positively surprised. There is no pressure to do anything – and if we miss the playoffs, I don’t think the fan base will be that upset. Looking at the roster I think and hope everyting will be fine. Everybody are trying to showcase their skills, which can be bad (if everybody are looking to fill the statsheet) or good if everyone buys into the system and play as hard as they can.
Size doesn't make up for a lack of defense. Maybe if you're a seven-foot, 356-pound slab of concrete, like Shaq was...but we are going to get obliterated out of the P&R (which has killed us in the playoffs over time) and slashing guards that are seeking to abuse Nash.
If size was a factor, Utah would have been a top 10 defensive team last year (Jefferson, Millsap, Favors, Kanter)...but they were 21st because none of their players could play defense, aside from Favors (who didn't get the minutes he deserved). Then comes Miami, a top 10 defensive team who is playing Chris Bosh at center, LeBron at PF.
And there are defensive players out there, but they will get more money elsewhere and know they will have to play behind Kobe/Young/Johnson (Dahntay Jones), they are too offensively-inept to play significant minutes (Ronnie Brewer, Tyrus Thomas), or they are too injury-prone for the Lakers to even consider (Mickael Pietrus). Additionally, the Lakers are looking to get under the tax threshold, so before they sign anyone else, they will likely look to get rid of Blake and Duhon.
Delonte West would work for me, but he would've already been in purple and gold by now. We had a chance at him last season, when we needed the defense at the one and two...but we passed on him. Same with Keyon Martin, who sat and waited for us.
Again, it's probably exciting in a sense that we have no idea how we're going to run our offense, and what players will stand out at this point...but expectations can't be too high, because none of these guys we're bringing in have proven to be legitimate starters in this league (Kaman a while back, but not today). Young has always had the potential, but who will tap into it? We're basically hoping for Kobe to tutor him enough to bring the best out of his game...but we're crossing our fingers for Wes Johnson as well, and hoping that Farmar isn't any slower, laterally, than he was years ago (he is).
So, defensively, we have no chance. Offensively, there's no evidence that we'll have a 25+ PPG scorer, as much as it pains me to say that...and if we don't, we're dead in the water.