With the NBA off-season being a rotating door for the Los Angeles Lakers’ personnel, many have questions regarding what the Lakers’ rotation will look like next season.
There is no doubt that the starting backcourt is solidified with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, but who comes after them?
The backcourt is starting to become a little crowded. At the point guard position, there’s Steve Blake and the second act of Jordan Farmar, making it an open job to compete for. There is also competition at the shooting guard spot with Jodie Meeks and the newly acquired swingman Nick Young, who is known for his scoring ability off the bench.
You’d imagine head coach Mike D’Antoni will play the small forward position by committee after the Lakers used their amnesty clause on Metta World Peace, while bringing Wesley Johnson and Elias Harris on board this season. Both add youth and length to the roster, both of which were desperately needed.
At the power forward and center positions, the Lakers have the option to start with the big lineup of Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman, or the possibiity of moving Gasol to the center position while putting Jordan Hill at the power forward, which would give the line up stability and speed on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
The Lakers should have a chip on their shoulder next season with their under-estimated lineup and ESPN’s recent predicition for them to finish 12th in the West. They must figure out a rotation to contend in a conference that’s going to be as strong as ever.
This is an article by Eugene Jones. You can follow him on Twitter: @Hugo_Jones1