The Lakers season is about to change drastically. After 18 games and before Kobe Bryant’s first, this is a great moment to reflect on the performance of one of the most unlikely rosters ever assembled for the Lakers organization. A 9-9 record, with quality wins over the Clippers, Rockets, and Golden State has been surprising, given the team’s lack of star power in a brutal Western conference. Roles and opportunities will change with the return of Bryant. In recognition of the work the organization has done to stay afloat during Kobe’s absence, here’s a snapshot of the key players to date.