Bynum wasn't nearly the player he was until 07. Yes, he did play 20mpg, but he wasn't nearly the anchor and post presence he was the following year.
Yes, we did have Farmar and Vujacic, but again, both had very limited roles due to their youth. Farmar only started getting into his stride when Smush quit.
Lamar was the biggest disappointment of all. Sure he was a 16/10/5 guy, but he was soooo inconsistent up until Gasol came in, that's the Lamar we finally wanted. Before that, he was another journeyman.
Then you look at the starting lineup and think, Kwame, Smush, and Walton? Really? Kwame is a good post defender, but is a god awful anchor. After receiving his lengthy contract, Walton went from decent role player, to just "glue guy". And don't even start with Smush.
PG - I agree. Lin should be the better talent than Smush/Farmar. With now and expanded role, and no one to play behind, I expect him to have at least a decent year.
SG- Yes, prime Kobe definitely takes out post-injury Kobe. Henry healthy is better than a young Vujacic, but yeah, advantage 06'.
SF - Johnson/Young is definitely more capable than Walton/McKie.
PF - I agree with a tie here. Odom is definitely the superior talent over Boozer/Randle/Kelly, but the depth of talent for 2014 makes it equal.
C - I'm going to have to give it to 2014 here. Kwame was horrible on offense, he couldn't finish a pick and roll if his life depended on it. Not to mention, he was a horrible rebounder. Hill is so much more than Kwame ever was with his offensive rebounding, defensive hustle, and limited post game. If anything, Kwame is barely better than Sacre, even Sacre is decent offensively. Bynum still hadn't blossomed yet and Ed Davis is still trying to find his game, but I will have to give the advantage to 2014.
To me, the difference between 2014 and 2006 is TEAM. 06 was completely Kobe. 2014 will be a more balanced attack, that will go through Kobe on occasion, but the players we have on this squad are a lot more competent than those on the 06 squad, which lacked so much chemistry. Of course, we don't know how this year will play out yet, but I definitely have a better feeling than that 06 squad.