Having depth means guys can be interchangeable at some point if need be. Young cannot even come close to Kobe's production. Kaman could give us what Pau does on a lot of nights but Farmar and Blake aren't even as good as a banged up Nash and Wes Johnson is still a huge ?
I have a significantly lower definition of "depth." I define a deep bench as players who can come in and consistently provide some sort of production, not only limited to offense.
Farmar (backing up Nash) can play average defense and actually worked on improving it overseas. Of course the competition there is different, but the defensive mindset of an individual player should remain the same. Also, Farmar is built for MDA's system. A young player who brings speed and athleticism, but most importantly someone who has experienced playing in the NBA finals.
Nick Young (I'm going to assume he'll be backing up Kobe rather than starting at the 3) can go on fire. His only problem is consistency. His main job will be to give Kobe some rest, come in, and shoot some jumpers or use his speed to get a layup/dunk. You can put Kobe on any team, and no backup SG will be able to constantly produce Kobe's production.
Kaman (backing up Gasol) will definitely be able to shoot some midrange jumpers, play in the post, grab some rebounds, etc. The only problem is Kaman is also injury prone. But splitting minutes between Gasol and Kaman should hopefully prevent recurring injuries.
Those are three capable players backing up our big three. I would much rather have them than a combination of Duhon, Meeks (mainly just a three point shooter), and Sacre.
Elias Harris and Ryan Kelly are unproven potential at this point. Signing Ronnie Brewer at the 3 or Lamar Odom at the 4 would provide even more depth. Just players that can come in and either maintain the difference in score or increase it in the Laker's favor. Often times last year we'd see the bench come in, and the opposing team would either catch up or build upon their lead. We have players that can come in and actually produce. Players that actually want to produce for the LA Lakers.
Edited by Clutch Factor, August 19, 2013 - 11:46 AM.