Yaron Weitzman - But don't forget that Julius Randle is also coming back. The No. 7 pick in last year's draft was forced to miss all of his rookie season after fracturing his right tibia during the Lakers' season-opener against the Rockets. But he's healthy now and expected to start at power forward alongside Russell, Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Roy Hibbert.
Randle is one of the more interesting prospects from last year's draft class. He has the talent and skill set to become an impact player that can help carry the Lakers into their Bryant-less future; he also has a mix of weakness that could derail his career.
The good part is that most of them are fixable. Whether or not they are addressed will determine just how good a player Randle becomes.
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