Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Kobe Bryant, LAL SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics629.5.425.8570.54.36.31.121.20.25.713.8
2015 Projections5731.3.450.8411.24.54.71.471.10.33.221.6
2015 Outlook: Kobe returned from Achilles surgery to play in six games in December before a fractured knee forced him to miss the remainder of the season. The 36-year-old future Hall of Famer has put a lot of mileage on his body during the course of his 18-year career, but his competitive spirit should allow him to remain a force for a few more seasons if he can remain healthy. Remember, it was only two seasons ago when he posted 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 3-pointers per game. Given his age and injury concerns, Kobe will be a high-risk/high-reward candidate with major upside potential this season. --BM
2. Jeremy Lin, LAL PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7128.9.446.8231.22.64.11.671.00.42.512.5
2015 Projections7534.4.445.8111.33.25.61.801.40.43.115.0
2015 Outlook: Two years removed from "Linsanity," Jeremy has yet to re-create the magic that made him a household name in New York back in 2012. He was solid enough in his first season with the Rockets, but found himself stuck in a time-share with Patrick Beverly for much of last season. Now in L.A., Lin will have every opportunity to shine on a depleted Lakers roster. With 40-year-old Steve Nash near the end of his career, Lin won't have much competition for minutes at the point. And he's been quite productive as a starter, with 14.4 points, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers in 140 career starts, making him a quality PG option in fantasy leagues this season. --BM
3. Jordan Hill, LAL PF, CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7220.8.549.6850.07.40.80.720.40.91.09.7
2015 Projections7224.6.540.6790.08.70.90.690.51.11.311.1
2015 Outlook: Hill's per-minute production over the course of his five-year career indicates a player that's fully capable of breaking out if an opportunity for expanded minutes presents itself. Penciled in as the starting center in L.A., Hill just might get his opportunity this season after posting a productive 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in only 24.3 minutes per game after the All-Star break. The 27-year-old will need to find a way to keep himself on the court for 25-30 minutes per game, but he should be viewed as a quality sleeper candidate after his impressive second half. --BM
4. Carlos Boozer, LAL PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7628.2.456.7670.08.31.60.770.70.32.013.7
2015 Projections7529.5.471.7440.08.81.80.850.80.32.114.5
2015 Outlook: It's been a slow and steady decline for the 12-year veteran, who saw his minutes and production suffer during his four-year stint with the Bulls. Signed by the Lakers to help replace Pau Gasol in an otherwise young frontcourt, Boozer likely will battle with rookie Julius Randle for minutes at power forward. Despite his struggles defensively, Boozer still has some staying power as a scorer and rebounder in fantasy leagues. Unfortunately, his upside is fairly limited at this stage in his career thanks to lack of defensive stats and playing-time concerns. Take him late in standard drafts, but don't expect him to return to his glory days. --BM
5. Julius Randle*, LAL PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics------------------------
2015 Projections7527.7.481.7030.06.91.00.560.40.61.810.5
2015 Outlook: Randle's fantasy stock took a little hit when the Lakers acquired Carlos Boozer, but the No. 7 pick in the 2014 draft should still be able to earn quality minutes in the Laker frontcourt. Most often compared to Zach Randolph, Randle has an NBA-ready body and has potential to be a big-time scorer and rebounder in the paint. Unfortunately, his defensive stats were fairly underwhelming in his freshman season at Kentucky. He'll have to battle with Boozer for minutes at power forward, but Randle should still be considered a late-round flier in fantasy leagues as a rookie. --BM
6. Nick Young, LAL SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6428.3.435.8252.12.61.51.000.70.21.517.9
2015 Projections6827.4.427.8291.92.51.41.080.70.21.315.8
2015 Outlook: A talented scorer and shooter who can also be wildly inconsistent, Swaggy P will have an opportunity to earn plenty of minutes for the revamped Lakers in 2014-15. His value will be closely tied to the health of Kobe Bryant, but Young should still be a great option for points and 3-pointers even with Kobe healthy. Young averaged an extremely productive 17.9 points and 2.1 3-pointers in just 28.3 minutes last season, and he should remain an explosive offensive player in fantasy leagues for the Lakers this year. --BM
7. Ed Davis, LAL PF, CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6315.2.534.5280.04.10.40.680.30.70.65.7
2015 Projections7520.8.533.5870.05.80.70.780.41.00.97.4
2015 Outlook: Once an intriguing fantasy prospect with the Raptors, Davis flamed out in two seasons with the Grizzlies before joining the Lakers over the offseason. He'll provide depth behind Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer and Julius Randle in the Lakers frontcourt, and while he's unlikely to have any value in standard leagues, he at least warrants a look as a pickup candidate if he can earn sufficient minutes. --BM
8. Wesley Johnson, LAL SF, SG, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics7928.4.425.7921.34.41.61.381.11.01.19.1
2015 Projections7525.8.418.7791.13.81.31.180.90.81.18.4
2015 Outlook: The fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Johnson has not exactly progressed the way many hoped he would. After three underwhelming seasons between Minnesota and Phoenix, he earned a career high 28.4 minutes per game for the injury-depleted Lakers last season. He posted a versatile 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.3 3-pointers, but was largely inconsistent on a night-to-night basis. The Lakers like Johnson's athleticism and length, but he has shown only glimpses of promise as a fantasy prospect. He's unlikely to be an option in standard leagues unless injuries ravage the Lakers again this season. --BM
9. Robert Sacre, LAL CYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics6516.8.477.6810.03.90.81.160.40.70.75.4
2015 Projections00.0.000.0000.00.00.00.000.00.00.00.0
10. Ryan Kelly*, LAL SF, PFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics5922.2.423.8150.83.71.62.020.50.80.88.0
2015 Projections6419.2.422.8130.73.21.42.000.50.70.76.9
2015 Outlook: Kelly had some solid stretches for the injury-depleted Lakers as a rookie with 10.2 points, 4.5 boards, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.9 3-pointers in 25 starts. With the additions of Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle and Ed Davis, he'll have a hard time duplicating his success as in his second season. There's limited upside here, and Kelly can safely be ignored in fantasy leagues unless injuries hit the Lakers again this season. --BM
11. Jordan Clarkson, LAL PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics------------------------
2015 Projections00.0.000.0000.00.00.00.000.00.00.00.0
2015 Outlook: Hoping to build off an impressive summer league stint in Las Vegas, the 46th pick in the 2014 draft will have an opportunity to earn quality minutes off the bench in the Lakers shallow backcourt. An athletic combo-guard, Clarkson averaged 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers through five contests in Vegas. He's an intriguing prospect to follow during training camp considering the injury concerns for both 40-year-old Steve Nash and 36-year-old Kobe Bryant. --BM
12. Steve Nash*, LAL PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics1520.9.383.9170.51.95.72.770.50.12.16.8
2015 Projections00.0.000.0000.00.00.00.000.00.00.00.0
2015 Outlook: The veteran point guard will sit out the 2014-15 season with a back injury.
13. Xavier Henry, LAL SG, SFYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics4321.1.417.6550.72.71.20.891.00.21.310.0
2015 Projections4518.1.412.6460.42.40.90.910.80.21.07.6
14. Ronnie Price, LAL PGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics3112.2.304.6920.31.42.12.540.80.10.82.4
2015 Projections------------------------
15. Wayne Ellington, LAL SGYEARGPMINFG%FT%3PMREBASTA/TOSTLBLKTOPTS
2014 Statistics458.7.437.9090.61.00.41.730.40.00.23.2
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