Projecting the Lakers Rotation for 2013-14

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Starter – Nick Young, 25 minutes/game
Backup – Kobe Bryant, 30 minutes/game
Reserve – Elias Harris/Wes Johnson, 12 total minutes/game

Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) dunks in between Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and center Chris Kaman (35) in the first quarter of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest question marks with the current Lakers roster is the complete lack of small forward options. The only true small forward on the roster is Wes Johnson, and he’s a reserve player at best. Elias Harris is an interesting prospect. In college, spent a lot of time at the power forward position, but at 6’8, he’s undersized for that role in the pros. He showed enough on the Lakers summer league team to get himself a multi-year deal, meaning they think they have something special. However, he’s in the same boat as Johnson in terms of expected productivity.

That leaves Young and Bryant, which I explained in my shooting guard post. Neither are natural fits at the small forward role and will take a bit of a beating against big forwards – LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony. There’s an outside chance the Lakers bring in one last summer leaguer, namely Chris Douglas-Roberts or Marcus Landry. Austin Daye is another name that’s been floated around as a potential Laker signee. He’d fill a big need at small forward and would certainly take loads off Young and Bryant.

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Topics: Chris Kaman, Elias Harris, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Hill, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Nick Young, Pau Gasol, Robert Sacre, Roster, Rotation, Ryan Kelly, Steve Blake, Steve Nash

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  • Jim213

    Somewhat disagree given that coaching staff have mentioned that they intend to use NY as a SF. Although, Kobe & Nash will get no more than 35 minutes of playing time, IMO. I also don’t believe that R Kelly has been signed yet which would fill the 13th spot.

    But I also agree that given Farmar’s return Blake may end up getting traded with another player ex. Hill to alleviate the cap tax that Jim Bust has mentioned they don’t intend on going over next season.