Biggest Standouts of LA Lakers’ Preseason So Far

Like every other team in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers have been using the preseason as a means to organize their rotation and feature the standout players on the roster.

While the incumbent starters have obviously been on a minutes cap, the more evenly distributed minutes have allowed the Lakers to really tinker with their lineups. 

The Lakers have had their fair share of surprising performances during the preseason. Players who were on the edge of the rotation may have earned themselves some tangible amounts of playing time once the regular season rolls around. 


Nick Young

Nick Young has been an offensive force during the preseason.

Failing to score more than 10 points only once during the first four games, Young has brought his fearless shooting to the Lakers in spades.

Hitting on 18 of his 48 shot attempts, Young may need to increase his efficiency if he wishes to really separate himself from Jodie Meeks as the primary backup for Kobe Bryant once he returns. 

Despite shooting only 37.5 percent from the field, Young has showed his versatility by scoring from the perimeter, attacking the paint and finishing in transition.

The Lakers have been playing Young at the 3, and he may have played his way into becoming the incumbent starter at the small forward position. Standing 6'7", he has the height, length and quickness to play well against the smaller forwards in the league.

However, billed at only 210 pounds, he may have a hard time defending bigger forwards such as LeBron James. 

Although Young has stood out on the offensive end of the floor, he needs to focus on rebounding the basketball better. While his assist totals may be understandably low due to his role as a scorer rather than a facilitator, Young has to learn to clean the glass if he is going to play as a forward. 


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