After a summer that saw perennial All-Star Dwight Howard leave the storied franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers retooled their roster to get better shooters and get more athletic. With the Lakers finishing the preseason with a 4-4 record, Shawne Williams has emerged as the Lakers’ starting power forward according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters via Twitter on Oct. 28:
Shawne Williams told the media at practice today that he thinks he's starting tomorrow.
With seven new players and three starting positions available to start the season, head coach Mike D’Antoni said during training camp that the players would determine the starting lineup.
Williams, who was signed to a non-guaranteed contract during the offseason, has come a long way since last year. After not playing in the NBA last season due to off-court issues, Williams has worked extremely hard to get himself back in the league.
The veteran forward was a favorite of D’Antoni’s with the New York Knicks and has shown the ability to be a solid stretch-four in this perimeter-oriented offense.
In eight preseason games, Williams averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds while converting on 33 percent of his threes in 18.0 minutes. Although many are still skeptical of what Williams brings to the table in Los Angeles, the veteran journeyman will have an opportunity to prove himself as a starter right out of the gate against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
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