Team analysis: Los Angeles Lakers

Pau Gasol

Don't be deceived -- this awkward-looking dude is one of the best big men in fantasy basketball. (zugaldia/Flickr)

Depth chart:

PG: Derek Fisher, Steve Blake

SG: Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown, Sasha Vujacic

SF: Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, Devin Ebanks, Luke Walton

PF: Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derrick Caracter

C: Andrew Bynum, Theo Ratliff

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:

Kobe Bryant – SG (Rd. 1): 26 Pts, 1.5 threes, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1.5 Stl

Pau Gasol – F/C (Rd. 1): 19.5 Pts, 12 Reb, 3.5 Ast, 2 Blk

Andrew Bynum – C (Rd. 6-9): 13 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 1.5 Blk

Lamar Odom – F (Rd. 7-10):  12 Pts, 9.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Ron Artest – G/F (Rd. 11-12): 10.5 Pts, 1.5 threes, 4.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1.5 Stl

Steve Blake – G (Rd. 13+):  6 Pts, 1 three, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Matt Barnes – G/F (Rd. 13+): 6 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb

Derek Fisher – PG (Rd. 13+): 6.5 Pts, 1 three, 1 Stl

Sleeper:

Blake

Most likely to surprise:

Odom

Most likely to disappoint:

Bynum

Category specialists:

  • Blocks: Bynum

Things to watch:

  • big production from Gasol and Odom at the start of the season, with Bynum out until late November
  • how often Blake will fill in at PG (will likely depend on matchups)

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2009-10:

  • Pts: T12th
  • FGM: T9th
  • FGA: T7th
  • FG%: 18th
  • FT%: 12th
  • 3PTM: 13th
  • Reb: 2nd
  • Ast: T15th
  • TO: T6th
  • Stl: 11th
  • Blk: T15th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2010-11: B