Ever since Mike Brown left, IMO this trio has emerged as one of the better defensive perimeter trios in the NBA. All are roughly similar height-wise, but with different length, strength, and speed ratios, which allows for switching on each other's man.
Kobe's healthy knees and his focus on being an efficient scorer rather than a volume scorer this season has allowed him to invest more energy on defense than what I saw from him last season. He's moving his feet better laterally and committing himself more on that end of the floor.
Despite the hype, Metta World Peace isn't quite "Indiana Ron", but closer to what he was in Houston and his last season wtih the Kings, which is still pretty damn good. And with our focus on turnover defense to get out in transition rather than lockdown defense, Metta has done a great job of getting his quick hands on the ball and forcing transition opportunities in addition to his traditionally lockdown defense. We haven't seen that from him much during his tenure with the Lakers due to Phil and Brown's philosophies.
Morris' defense has been very good so far. His combination of length, strength (due to work in the offseason) and young legs allows him to be a thorn in the side of opposing PG's. He also does a great job of coming from the helpside and distracting opposing players from behind and boxing out players bigger than him to keep them off the glass.
This will definitely change once Nash returns, but I'm hoping that D'Antoni doesn't replace Morris with Blake when he's comes back despite Morris' deficiencies as a playmaker. The perimeter defense is primarily responsible for us bringing "Showtime" back.
"Every time he’s hurt, he always plays, he always comes through."
- Metta World Peace on teammate Kobe Bryant