I'm pretty concerned that we've made it this far into the season without addressing the small forward debacle. I still think the FO made a mistake by putting too much trust in Ebanks. We're really missing Barnes' energy and hustle(not the bricked 3's though). I get that Barnes was a choker during our playoff runs, but so was the rest of the roster not named Kobe. Barnes at least gave us good production in the regular season, something we could really use right now.
With that said, a bench rotation of Meeks, Jamison, and Blake is not championship caliber. There's no athleticism coming off the bench and our 3 point shooting is something to be concerned about. Almost all of our shooters are streak shooters. Meeks, Jamison, and Artest can really pile it up, and are hard to rely upon. Our two pure shooters(Nash, and Blake) don't shoot enough(Nash has been improving in that aspect). Blake stands at the top of the key and desperately dumps the ball, shooting as a last possible resort.
With all of that said, the Laker's glaring need is an athletic "3 and D" small forward coming off the bench. Easier said than done, and at best we're looking at signing whatever's left of Raja Bell.