Ranking Mitch Kupchak’s Player Transactions As Lakers General Manager

10. Signing Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks: July and August, 2012: One of the Lakers’ biggest weaknesses last season was their poor bench play. The Lakers ranked dead last in bench production in 2011-12, averaging 20.5 points per game. The signings of both Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks should hopefully quell many of the team’s bench woes. Jamison, despite his age, averaged 17 points a contest last season, almost as much as the Lakers’ entire bench.

Jamison looks to be the team’s new sixth man, and will likely serve as a member of the starting lineup while Dwight Howard is out nursing his surgically repaired back to begin the season.

Meeks, a three-year veteran from Kentucky, brings many things to the table. For starters, he will be a consistent backup for Kobe at the shooting guard position, something the team didn’t have last season. Meeks will also hopefully add consistent outside shooting and athleticism on the perimeter.

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