Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Los Angeles Lakers

Pau Gasol

Gasol is ready for...something... (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Depth chart:

PG: Derek Fisher, Steve Blake, Andrew Goudelock

SG: Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown*, Darius Morris, Trey Johnson

SF: Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, Luke Walton, Devin Ebanks

PF: Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith*, Ater Majok

C: Andrew Bynum, Theo Ratliff*

* unrestricted free agent

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

- Pau Gasol, PF/C (Rd. 1): 50% FG, 80% FT, 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 3.3 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 1.7 Blk, 2 TO

- Kobe Bryant, SG (Rd. 2): 45% FG, 85% FT, 1.5 Threes, 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 4.5 Ast, 1.3 Stl, 3 TO

- Lamar Odom, SF/PF (Rd. 6): 48% FG, 67% FT, 0.7 Threes, 15 Pts, 8.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.7 Blk, 2 TO

- Andrew Bynum, C (Rd. 7): 55% FG, 70% FT, 12.5 Pts, 10 Reb, 1.5 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 2 Blk, 1.5 TO

Sleeper:

Blake

Most likely to surprise:

Odom

Most likely to disappoint:

Bynum

Category specialists:

- Threes: Bryant

- Blocks: Bynum, Gasol

Things to consider:

- how coach Mike Brown’s plans actually play out and if Bryant plays along

- what becomes of inevitable trade rumors

- Bynum’s health

- drafting World Peace in the last round just for giggles

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:

- Pts: 9th

- FGM: 10th

- FGA: T-11th

- FG%: 11th

- FT%: 7th

- 3PTM: 12th

- Reb: 3rd

- Ast: T-12th

- TO: 5th

- Stl: T-14th

- Blk: 10th

- Pace: T-19th

- Offensive Efficiency: 7th

- Defensive Efficiency: 6th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: B

Bonus:

Phil Jackson being awkward