The Los Angeles Lakers will be a positional battle during training camp with no player standing out among the rest to become the team’s new starting power forward. Jordan Hill is the obvious choice to replace Pau Gasol at power forward, but has yet to lock up the starting role according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times on Sept. 30:
Pau Gasol will take over at center, leaving a gap down low that might be filled by Jordan Hill. Might.
The eighth pick in the 2009 draft worked on his outside shot during the off-season but hasn't necessarily held off several other candidates, Coach Mike D'Antoni said.
When healthy, Hill is arguably one of the best frontcourt players on the team. Although no expected much of anything out of Hill once acquired in the trade that sent Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets, the former first-round draft pick has played better than expected and may play a considerable role on this team this season if named the starter by head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Along with Gasol shifting back over to the center position, the Lakers coaching staff is considering starting Chris Kaman at power forward. Despite never having played the position during his career, Kaman would give the Lakers the dynamic of two seven footers in the frontcourt, but that didn’t exactly work all that well last season with Dwight Howard and Gasol.
At this point in time, the starting lineup for the Lakers remains uncertain. Perhaps the only two positions locked up right now are center with Gasol and Steve Nash at point guard.
With Kobe Bryant still recovering from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles, the starting shooting guard position is currently up for grabs if the five-time NBA champion can’t start the season. Jodie Meeks is the projected starter, but Nick Young and Wesley Johnson might also get serious consideration.
The same goes for the small forward position in Los Angeles. Without Metta World Peace or Antawn Jamison on the roster, the team may go with Johnson or Young at the three spot.
Needless to say, the starting lineup for the Lakers has yet to be determined and may change throughout the season.
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