Early Season Grades for the Lakers

PAU GASOL

The seven-foot Spaniard has perhaps been the MVP of the team thus far this season; Pau Gasol has stepped up in the absence of Andrew Bynum and has been a dominant force.

Gasol is averaging 22.4 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game and 4.1 assists per game thus far this season, and is playing close to 40 minutes every contest.

Every one knew Gasol was a skilled big-man before he came to the Lakers, but once he was traded to Los Angeles he took a back-seat to Kobe Bryant.  However, Gasol is finally asserting his will and is arguable the MVP of the Lakers this season.

Nov 2, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24), left, and center Pau Gasol (16) embrace during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 124-105. Photo via Newscom

Pau Gasol has been a dominant player and has been a key part to the Lakers’ success.  In the early part of the season, Gasol has deserved an “A+.”

KOBE BRYANT

It is hard to put in words the influence Kobe Bryant has on the Los Angeles Lakers, as a sports writer the hardest aspect of writing is figuring out a way to describe Kobe in a way no else has done.

Another season is under Kobe’s belt, and now he is playing in his 15th NBA Season.

Bryant is going to put up numbers, and nobody has any doubt that he will drop at least 23 points per game.

However, Kobe has been hitting the boards and has been dishing the ball very well.

He is averaging 26.1 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 4.8 assists per game.

However, Kobe Bryant has had some games where he would put up 24 points but would take 24 shots to get there.  Taking in consideration is poor shooting percentage in a few games, Kobe Bryant has deserved an “A” for his play in the young season.

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