2014 Outlook: Currently recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, it remains to be seen how Bryant will be hampered to start the season. If he's 100 percent healthy, Kobe is still an elite fantasy option after posting 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 3-pointers per game with terrific percentages a season ago. With Kobe hoping to return for the start of the campaign, fantasy owners will want to watch his progression closely before using a high pick on him in fantasy drafts.
2014 Outlook: Playing alongside Dwight Howard and battling various injuries, Gasol turned in the worst season of his 12-year career, posting just 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 blocks in 49 games. Now with Howard gone, and reportedly healthy after undergoing a procedure to clear scar tissue in his knees, Gasol makes for a solid bounce-back candidate if he can keep himself on the court. He's just one season removed from averaging 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 blocks, so there is quite a bit of upside here if he can remain healthy.
2014 Outlook: Nash struggled through a truly disastrous first season in Los Angeles, playing in only 50 games and posting only 12.7 points, 6.7 assists and 1.1 3-pointers per game. Slowed by various injuries in 2012-13, the 39-year old will be a risky investment in fantasy leagues this season. The Lakers don't have much in the way of depth behind him, but they'll still need to limit his minutes if they want to keep him healthy all season. Nash will still be able to provide assists, 3-pointers and great efficiency when healthy, but there are definitely safer options in a deep point guard class this season.
2014 Outlook: Although constant nagging injuries have dogged him throughout his career, Kaman has always been a productive fantasy center when healthy. Suiting up for 66 games in Dallas last year, he posted a modest 11.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 52 starts for the Mavericks. Joining the Lakers in the offseason, Kaman is expected to start alongside Pau Gasol in an extremely thin frontcourt. He'll be a fine fantasy play for as long as he's healthy, but owners should realize that he's a risky investment due to his lengthy injury history.
2014 Outlook: Talented but wildly inconsistent, Young will have an opportunity to earn plenty of minutes for the revamped Lakers in 2013-14. His value will be closely tied to the health of Kobe Bryant, but Young should still be able to carve out some value even if Kobe returns at full strength. Young averaged a productive 13.1 points, 0.9 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in 17 starts for the Sixers last year, and should have some sneaky value for points, 3-pointers and steals in Los Angeles this season.
2014 Outlook: Blake is a solid backup point guard for the Lakers, posting 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.2 3-pointers in 13 spot starts in 2012-13. He'll come off the bench along with Jordan Farmar behind Steve Nash this year, and may have some sleeper waiver-wire potential if the 39-year-old Nash misses any time with injuries.
2014 Outlook: The fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Johnson has not exactly progressed the way many hoped. After two underwhelming seasons in Minnesota, Johnson posted 13.4 points and 1.6 3-pointers per game in 21 spot starts for the Suns last season, but was largely ineffective. He figures to contend for minutes with Nick Young and Jodie Meeks on the wing, but leaves a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective, outside of his 3-point shooting.
2014 Outlook: A hip injury kept Hill out for all but 29 games, where he provided energy off the bench with 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in only 15.8 minutes per game for the Lakers last season. With little depth in their frontcourt, Hill may be able to carve out sneaky value in fantasy leagues this season provided that he's fully recovered from the hip injury.
2014 Outlook: A 3-point shooter who may be forced into more playing time if Kobe Bryant suffers any setbacks, Meeks averaged 7.7 points, 1.2 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in 10 spot starts for the Lakers last season. The Lakers might have a short bench, but Meeks should still be behind Kobe (if healthy) and Nick Young on the depth chart. He may offer some fleeting value as a 3-point specialist for stretches this season.
2014 Outlook: An undrafted forward out of Gonzaga, Harris was signed by the Lakers to a two-year deal to help provide depth in their thin frontcourt. Harris is a versatile forward who impressed in summer league action, and is a player to keep an eye on in training camp given the Lakers' questionable depth.
2014 Outlook: Still recovering from a foot injury, Kelly may not be ready to start training camp in his rookie season. The Lakers may be extremely thin up front, but Kelly still doesn't figure to play meaningful minutes as a rookie.
2014 Outlook: Farmar is an average backup who will combine with Steve Blake to provide depth off the bench behind 39-year old Steve Nash. Blake likely will have the first shot at minutes behind Nash, but Farmar could have sneaky waiver-wire potential if injuries strike the thin Lakers backcourt.