With Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets, Pau Gasol will resume his role as the starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Now that Gasol will shift over, there’s a void left at power forward with head coach Mike D’Antoni still uncertain who he’ll start at the position, but is considering new comer Chris Kaman according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times on Sept. 30:
Chris Kaman has played center his entire career, though D'Antoni didn't rule out starting him at power forward on opening night.
The logical choice to start at power forward would be veteran Jordan Hill. Although Hill has dealt with injury problems since being acquired by the Lakers, the 26-year-old is a solid option at the power forward position when healthy.
As for Kaman, the NBA journeyman hasn’t played anything but the center position since being drafted out of Central Michigan by the Los Angeles Clippers back in 2003. Despite the transition to an unfamiliar position, D’Antoni is considering the option if Hill doesn’t cut it as a starter.
Other options for D’Antoni at power forward include Wesley Johnson, Shawne Williams and rookie Ryan Kelly according to Bresnahan:
Wesley Johnson is only 6 feet 8 but could get time down low instead of small forward or shooting guard, D'Antoni said.
Long-shot candidates include veteran Shawne Williams and rookie Ryan Kelly, neither of whom has a guaranteed contract.
Of the three mentioned above, Williams could be the best option. Williams the ideal stretch floor that D’Antoni has been looking for while Johnson is more of a guard/small forward. Kelly, on the other hand, is currently battling a foot injury and might struggle to simply make the team rather than getting serious consideration at power forward.
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