The Los Angeles Lakers are sitting at 25-29 (46.3%) at the All-Star Break. They are now sitting in the #10 spot in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind the Rockets. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Lakers in the first half of the 2012-13 season:
Team MVP: Kobe Bryant – 34-year old shooting guard Kobe Bryant has carried the Lakers in the first half of the 2012-13 season. He has played in 54 games (all starts) for the Lakers so far this year and he is averaging 38.4 minutes, 26.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. The Lakers need Bryant to have a big time second half, if he’s going to get them back to the playoffs in 2012-13.
Biggest Surprise: Earl Clark – 25-year old power forward Earl Clark was a throw-in last summer in the Dwight Howard deal with the Magic. He has really stepped up lately for the Lakers as he has played in 31 games (18 starts) for the Lakers so far this year and he is averaging 23.0 minutes, 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
Biggest Disappointment: Pau Gasol – The Lakers’ coaches have been using Gasol wrong and he has suffered quite a few injuries so far this year. He has played in 36 games (29 starts) for the Lakers so far this year and he is averaging 33.4 minutes, 13.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.