The Los Angeles Lakers training camp is set to start. The Lakers are in win now mode and are ready to win another championship. The additions of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Kendrick Nunn and others have put the Lakers in great position to start the season. This team still has some questions that need to be answered before the season starts.
The biggest question for the Lakers ahead of the preseason is who is going to start along side Westbrook, James, and Davis. The Lakers need shooting on those two spots to create space for Davis and Westbrook. Wayne Ellington is a career 38% three point shooter and could fit as the shooting guard on the team. Malik Monk shot 40% from three last year and gives the Lakers more athleticism in that role.
The Lakers have multiple options for the starting forward/center position. The Lakers can slide Davis to the 5 and start Carmelo Anthony at the 4. The Lakers can go big with DeAndre Jordan at the 5. The Lakers can also start Trevor Ariza at the 3 with James and Davis in the frontcourt. The best option should be to start DeAndre Jordan because of the size and length it gives the team defensively.
How will Russell Westbrook fit with the Lakers? Westbrook will give the Lakers a faster pace that will allow the others to thrive. Westbrook is the best rebounding guard in the league which makes him a one man fastbreak in transition. Westbrook’s competitive spirit and aggression will be contagious to the whole team. The Lakers chemistry will not be a concern this year.
LeBron James in his 19th season is still one of the best players in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony said that this team might be old in age but the smartest team he’s ever played on.
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