Los Angeles Lakers Must Balance the Roster Before 2015-16 Training Camp Begins

As it currently stands, the Los Angeles Lakers have 14 players on an intriguing but unbalanced roster.

Adding one final contract might help the equilibrium, but it’s more likely management will use the tried-and-true process of multiple training camp invites as an audition process.

The Lakers will head to Honolulu in the fall for the first time in nearly a decade, holding camp among the swaying palm trees and azure seas. Team president Jeanie Buss made the announcement, per Lakers.com:

Hawaii has been like a second home to the Lakers since my father first took the team there in 1988, The love and support we’ve always received from the people in Hawaii has meant so much to us over the years, and we’re thrilled to be returning there next fall and seeing so many of our loyal fans.

An island sojourn is a great way to kick off the season for a team that has stumbled so badly in recent years. It’s the dawning of a new age for a storied franchise—let the Hawaiian genesis begin!

But there’s still the matter of an uneven depth chart to deal with before the action starts.

Los Angeles has nine players with three or fewer years of experience on the roster, all but two of whom are rookies or sophomores. The team also has five power forwards and six guards. Two of those guards—Kobe Bryant and Nick Young—can and will play at the small forward even though it’s not their natural position.

This dynamic took an even more curious turn when head coach Byron Scott suggested that Bryant, in his 20th season and coming off yet another serious injury, could basically cover most of the bases.

“Kobe can play one, two and three,” Scott said, per David Aldridge of NBA.com. “There's no doubt in my mind. And there's some games, against some teams, where he'll probably play four.”

What, no 5, Byron?
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers