All week long, our staff writers chime in on a series of topics, rumors and storylines leading up to the start of the season. In today’s edition of State of the Nation, they look at the Lakers off-season acquisitions and how they will impact this team.
Which Lakers newcomer will have the biggest impact this season?
Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:
Wesley Johnson. Despite bouncing around the league in his first three seasons, Johnson adds a few elements that the Lakers have been lacking in past years. Johnson’s athleticism, wingspan and hungry attitude should translate into a Trevor Ariza-type role this season.
Jon Gaffer // @jewelslamo:
Jordan Farmar will have the biggest impact. He honed his skills while playing overseas, and is a major upgrade over what the Lakers had at the guard position last year.
Mark Awad // @MarkeyTheBoss_:
Newcomer will be Nick young, when you talk about scoring and getting your buckets from anywhere on the floor you think of him. Ultimately, if Jordan Hill gets the start, his defense, rebounding and improved 17-foot jump shot will make a difference. Keep an eye out for Elias Harris, he might shock some people.
Robert Benitez // @beeb0:
Nick Young. Young provides some much needed youth and athleticism we lacked in previous years. We know he can score and with Kobe out for the foreseeable future he’ll need to take on a bigger load.
Ashkan Kargaran // @aakargaran
Xavier Henry. With Kobe out, look for Henry to bring some much needed athleticism to the Lakers back court. This is a kid who once tried to challenge Kobe during a game his rookie year in Memphis. He obviously lost that battle, but his fearlessness is something this team needs and will thrive off of.
Bummi Anderson // @BummiNAnderson
Nick Young will have the biggest impact this season. Not only does he have something to prove, he has the ability to create his own shot, something the Lakers will certainly benefit from this year.
Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII:
Nick Young. Nick brings a dynamic scoring set that the Lakers have never really had outside of Kobe. He’ll put up many shots and will have a few bad stretches, but in the grand scheme of the year, he can become very good for this team.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren:
Jordan Farmar. Jordan’s ability to attack, shoot, and create for others will make him a dynamic leader of the bench unit. He’s a steady vet at this point, but still just entering his athletic prime at age 26.
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:
Wesley Johnson. His youth and athleticism will bring something to the team that the Lakers haven’t had in a while. Johnson was the 4th pick in the 2010 draft for a reason, and now is his time to prove it.
Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:
Chris Kaman. With Pau Gasol back in the post where he belongs, and Jordan Hill still relatively green and recovering from an injury of his own, Kaman will play a vital and steady role on the floor. Because he can knock down a short jumper, he can play alongside Gasol at the four, and can also sub in for the Spaniard at his usual spot in the middle.
Next Question Tomorrow: Now that he has the paint to himself, will Pau Gasol have a bounce-back season?