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Lakers' roster 2012-13

The Times' Mike Bresnahan sizes up the opening-day roster.

October 28, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
  • The Lakers starting five is among the best in the NBA.
The Lakers starting five is among the best in the NBA. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

The Times' Mike Bresnahan sizes up the opening-day roster (statistics from 2011-12 season):

Lakers' roster 2012-13

GUARDS:

No. Player Yrs Ht. PPG RPG APG

5 STEVE BLAKE 10; 6-3; 5.2; 1.6; 3.3;

Overcame dual threats of spike strip in beach parking lot and newly acquired Chris Duhon to retain second-string point guard status.

24 KOBE BRYANT 17; 6-6; 27.9; 5.4; 4.6;

The first minute of the Lakers' opener marks the 59,659th of Bryant's career, including playoffs. Must improve 43% shooting last season, third worst of his career.

1 DARIUS MORRIS 2; 6-4; 2.4; 0.8; 1.1;

Now or never for the young point guard. He's in the last year of his contract and buried on depth chart.

21 CHRIS DUHON 9; 6-1; 3.8; 1.6; 2.4;

Throw-in from the Howard trade hasn't done much since that 2008-09 season in New York when he averaged 11.1 points and 7.2 assists.

7 DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM R; 6-2; 18.3; 3.5; 2.7;

Second-round pick beat the odds by earning a spot on roster. He won't see much time, though. (Statistics are from senior season at Marquette.)

20 JODIE MEEKS 4; 6-4; 8.4; 2.4; 0.8;

Supposed to be the Lakers' best three-point shooter since … since … since … Brian Shaw?

10 STEVE NASH 17; 6-3; 12.5; 3.0; 10.7;

At 38 years young, he gets the keys to an offense that went 13 straight games last season without breaking 100. It won't happen again.

FORWARDS:

6 EARL CLARK 4; 6-10; 2.7; 2.8; 0.4;

Another throw-in from the Howard trade. Still trying to live up to being the 14th pick in the 2009 draft.

3 DEVIN EBANKS 3; 6-9; 4.0; 2.3; 0.5;

Re-signed by the Lakers after a few spot starts last season. Like Morris, this is his last chance to show something.

16 PAU GASOL 12; 7-0; 17.4; 10.4; 3.7;

Would be entering his second season with the Houston Rockets if not for David Stern's veto power. Thrilled to still be here.

15 METTA WORLD PEACE 14; 6-7; 7.7; 3.4; 2.2;

Modern-day miracle? Showed up in shape with improved outside touch despite steady Twitter stream featuring nightclubs and other off-season escapades.

4 ANTAWN JAMISON 15; 6-9; 17.2; 6.3; 2.0;

Despite ragged exhibition season, he's better than Matt Barnes as the Lakers' top option off the bench … isn't he?

CENTERS:

12 DWIGHT HOWARD 9; 6-11; 20.6; 14.5; 1.9;

How quickly will he make Lakers fans forget about Andrew Bynum? Already happened.

27 JORDAN HILL 4; 6-10; 5.0; 4.8; 0.4;

Played well enough in playoffs to receive a two-year, $7-million contract. Now he has to earn it.

50 ROBERT SACRE R; 7-0; 11.6; 6.3; 0.7;

The last player taken in the June amateur draft overcame steep odds to make the Lakers' roster. His contract won't become guaranteed, however, until January. (Statistics are from senior season at Gonzaga.)

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