Most Lakers fans know this team up and down and I have been following the Lakers since 1989. You can see during the season if a Lakers team is a championship team or not. The Lakers went to the Finals with Pau mid season with just one move.
Kobe and Shaq were unstoppable in their run but took Kobe a year or so to be himself.
This current Lakers team does not look like a championship team yet. They have had some games where they looked good for example Denver and Dallas games. Dwight Howard needs 15 shots a game or more if they want to get to the next level. You can see what happens when you feed him the ball and he is over 50% FG's right now. Everyone else on the team will in turn get easy shots such as Jamison and Meeks. Kobe should stay between 10-15 shots max and I think Jamison needs 10 shots a game or more if he is on.
I hate the fact the Jordan Hill does not get his minutes right now and don't think he should be involved in any trade discussions. He can give you the same stats Pau will on this Lakers team period. That is not to say Pau cannot be the main option on another team in which case you take Pau. We need Defense and toughness right now. I am on the side of trading Pau and do not believe Nash will revitalize his career at this point. I am on board to get Ryan Anderson or other quality players for him at this time.
I just hope Kobe understands that Dwight needs to be the guy right now and in the playoffs. As much as I like Kobe other teams are glad to see him play hero ball all game. I don't mind that play at the end of the game when we need it. Also cannot blame Kobe if the guys are being passive either. The guys should have an expectation to play a certain way every night no matter who they play.
Cannot really judge the Lakers fully yet until Nash comes back , but that means I am only judging Nash and what he brings. I will not hang my hat on Pau playing better due to his return.