Two players in the Los Angeles Lakers’ rotation have already proven that they deserve more minutes.
The Los Angeles Lakers are not off to the greatest start. The purple and gold currently boast a 2-2 record with losses to the Los Angeles Clippers on opening night and the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night as the second leg of a back-to-back.
There are still 68 more games to play and the Lakers will be just fine, but we predicted the team to at least start 3-1, so they are off to a slower start than expected. It is just a one-game difference, so it is not a big deal at all, but the team has looked sluggish in its two losses.
That is what happens when you are fresh off an NBA Championship while also enduring the shortest offseason in American Sports history. It is going to happen.
The players are working out their kinks and Frank Vogel is going to work out the kinks of his rotation. Vogel has the task of managing LeBron James and Anthony Davis‘ playing time while figuring out which rotations will work the best and realize the potential that right now, is still just on paper.
There have been two players who have played particularly well in the first four games and have already made the case for a minutes increase, even if it is a gradual one. Here are the two players that I would keep an eye on that could start receiving more minutes in Vogel’s rotation.