2013-14 Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Photo Credit: AP Photo

Photo Credit: AP Photo

LAST SEASON: (45-37), Lost NBA Western Conference First Round

PROJECTED STARTERS:

G – Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant

F - Nick Young, Paul Gasol

C – Chris Kaman

6TH MAN: Steve Blake

KEY ADDITIONS: Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Chris Kaman

KEY LOSSES: Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Earl Clark

FORECAST: The Lakers finally got rid of Dwight Howard and enter a new season with Chris Kaman as their new center. Nick Young was also added over the summer as the Lakers hope Kobe Bryant can make a strong return to keep this team relevant in the West. 

Gasol averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds last season, while Bryant added 27.3 points per game. The Lakers trust Chris Kaman to fill in at the center spot nicely with Steve Nash still effective off the screen-and-roll. Nash put up 12 points and 6.7 dimes last season and should have better numbers with Dwight gone from the offense.

The Lakers are still a valid team to find in the postseason whenever Kobe Bryant is on the floor. With Bryant now entering his 18th year in the NBA, the Lakers can still ride their success on his shoulders as he looks hungry for a return from injury. The additions of Nick Young and Chris Kaman will also have to work in their favor if they expect to make it past the first round of the playoffs.

2013-14 Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

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Photo Credit: AP Photo

LAST SEASON: (25-57), Failed to make NBA Playoffs

PROJECTED STARTERS:

G – Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe

F - Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker

C – Miles Plumlee

6TH MAN: Archie Goodwin, Ish Smith

KEY ADDITIONS: Miles Plumlee, Emeka Okafor, Eric Bledsoe

KEY LOSSES: Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown, Luis Scola

FORECAST: The Suns are prepped for the future in next year’s draft, recently trading away their starting center Marcin Gortat in a 5-player deal. Along with Emeka Okafor, Phoenix now has four draft picks heading into the loaded NBA Draft of 2014. This season they battle it out with some young players and new additions.

Miles Plumlee is the new center for the Suns, he’s entering his second tenure after getting little-to-no playing time in Indiana. Eric Bledsoe is the new key addition, who’s numbers don’t live up to show how good he really was while playing behind Chris Paul last season. Bledsoe immediately slides into the starting two-guard role, while the Suns rely on the experience of Goran Dragic.