To be fair, the Lakers will be without Lamar Odom for the first week or two of the season due to injury and that will hurt the starting lineup. After all, he did average 39.3 minutes, 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season for the Lakers. Still, this is Kobe Bryant’s show as long as he’s in L.A. and who knows how long that will be. Bryant played in 77 games (all starts) last season for the Lakers and he averaged 40.8 minutes, 31.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Derek Fisher has returned to L.A. so that his daughter will be close to a hospital that can treat her eye cancer. Hopefully things turn out good for his little baby girl. On the court, Fisher will be the starting point guard for the Lakers. He played in 82 games (61 starts) last season for the Jazz and he averaged 27.9 minutes, 10.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game. The Lakers need to start Andrew Bynum at center and give him big minutes to see if he can be the dominant big man that they think he can be. Bynum played in 82 games (53 starts) for the Lakers last season and he averaged 21.9 minutes, 7.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.6 blocks per game. Luke Walton will be the starting small forward and he will be looking to follow up the best year of his NBA career. Walton played in 60 games (all starts) last season for the Lakers and he averaged 33.0 minutes, 11.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Ronny Turiaf will start at power forward until Odom is ready to return. It will be a huge dropoff. Turiaf played in 72 games (1 start) for the Lakers and he averaged 15.1 minutes, 5.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.
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