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Lakers' six starting point guards haven't posted winning records

Lakers' six starting point guards haven't posted winning records
The deal sending Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors was the Lakers' first trade since acquiring Dwight Howard in 2012. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The Lakers could get back three point guards in the coming week as Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) are getting closer to returning.

The Lakers (16-31) have started six players at point guard, including Kobe Bryant and Xavier Henry out of position. Bryant and Henry are sidelined for at least a few more weeks because of knee injuries.

None of the six have a winning record.

The Lakers won three of the six games Nash started at point guard.

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The team split four games with Bryant starting at the position. Bryant started two games at shooting guard before the team lost Blake and Farmar.

In Blake's 15 starts at point guard, the Lakers were 7-8. Blake started six games at shooting guard before Bryant returned from an Achilles' tendon injury.

The Lakers didn't win a game when Farmar started four times at point guard. The team was 1-2 with Henry starting at the position.

Finally, the Kendall Marshall era hasn't exactly been fruitful.  Through his 15 starts at pooint guard, the Lakers are 3-12.

Injuries have defined the season for the Lakers.  Through 47 games, the entire roster hasn't been available on a single game.

Now Pau Gasol is sidelined for a week because of a groin injury.

The Lakers are tied for the sixth-worst record in the NBA, which should bode well for the 2014 draft.

Of course, the team has 35 games left to damage its draft position.  At 10-1/2 games behind the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies, the Lakers are better off losing every game when every victory could mean a lower draft pick.

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