Mag NBA preview: Lakers
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ONE BENEFIT to the end of the Dwight saga is Pau Gasol's move back to center, where last season Gasol compiled a 22.0 PER compared with an average 15.4 as a PF. With Pau back at the 5, Steve Nash at point and the eventual return of Kobe, the Lakers are far better suited for Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll system. But what talent the Lakers have is creaky (weighted average age: 31.4). Most likely, they're headed to the lottery for the first time since '05.
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