Sorting Out the LA Lakers’ Numerous Logjams

Training camp hasn’t even arrived yet, but the Los Angeles Lakers already have a frontcourt logjam, especially at the power forward position.

The team currently has six players on the roster between the heights of 6’9” and 7’0”, and that doesn’t take into account those most likely to play the small forward position, like Wesley Johnson or Xavier Henry.

For that matter, Kobe Bryant and Nick Young are also available to slide over to the 3 from their natural shooting guard slots. There are a lot of swing possibilities this season.

So how will the Lakers’ new head coach Byron Scott sort out this quagmire? We need answers here!

The logical response is that it’s way too early to know. A rotation will be sorted out through training camp and the early part of the season. The only starter that’s written in stone is the still-reigning face of the franchise—the all-time scoring leader for the purple and gold.

That said, Scott recently sat down with Mike Trudell of, discussing the freedom he’ll allow on offense, the responsibility he’ll demand on the defensive end and various rotational possibilities until it all gets sorted out. He expressed high hopes for Johnson at the wing position:

I think Wesley has not played to his potential at all. He's shown signs, but I think the kid is so talented, I'm really hoping it can be a break out year for him. Now, obviously, he has to come to camp and win that spot, and that's on him. Or I could also put Kobe at that spot and put Steve next to Jeremy in the backcourt. There’s some flexibility there. But I've always been intrigued with Wesley, and I thought Xavier was excellent until he got hurt last year. But when you include Kobe and Swaggy, the wing is probably our strongest position.

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