Why L.A. Lakers Should Seriously Consider Moving Kobe Bryant to Small Forward

There is no doubt that the Los Angeles Lakers have reloaded, and are ready to attempt to retake their place at the top of the NBA hierarchy.

However, it is blatantly obvious that the Lakers' biggest issue at the moment is creating a cohesive rotation that will take full advantage of the talent on their roster.

On paper, the most obvious starting line up should be the most effective as well. Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard should start, because they are all the best players at their respective positions on the team.

Unfortunately, with the delayed debut of Dwight Howard and the continual degradation of Metta World Peace's offensive and, to an extent, defensive ablities, the Lakers may need to shake it up in order to be fully efficient.

One possible starting line up could shift Kobe Bryant to the SF position, Metta World Peace to the bench, and Jodie Meeks to the starting lineup.

To be clear, this roster shake up should only be in effect while Dwight Howard rehabs his injury. Once he is able to return, there is no doubt that Kobe Bryant should be playing the shooting guard position.

Keep in mind, lineups and rotations are flexible for a reason. Thus, at any time, Metta World Peace could be inserted back into the starting lineup.

The main reason for this is a need for a solid bench. With Jodie Meeks starting at shooting guard, Pau Gasol filling in for Dwight Howard at center and Antawn Jamison starting at power forward while Howard is out, the Lakers need Metta World Peace to anchor the second unit, like he has been doing for a major segments of the past few seasons.

A concern for this pre-Howard rotation could be that the second unit lacks offense, which has been a problem for the Lakers since Odom's departure. However, if a player like Jordan Hill starts in Howard's place at power forward while Pau shifts to center, having both ...

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