Lakers fans are hoping the 2017 NBA Draft will help them turn the corner after a dismal few years. While the team has been open about their desire to be active in the 2018 free agent market, there is still plenty of talent on this year’s team.
Here’s a look at the current Lakers roster and projected starting lineup heading into the 2017-18 season.
C- Brook Lopez, Andrew Bogut, Thomas Bryant, Ivica Zubac
PF- Larry Nance Jr., Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle
SF- Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, Corey Brewer
SG- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, Josh Hart, Vander Blue
PG- Lonzo Ball, Tyler Ennis, Alex Caruso (Two-Way)
It is important to note that several of these positions are up for grabs. Some project the Lakers to ease Lonzo Ball into the NBA, and have Tyler Enis begin the season as the starting point guard. Given how Ball looked this summer and in the preseason, it seems unlikely Ball would not be a starter.
Fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma is competing with Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle for the starting power forward spot. All indications are Nance will begin the season as the starter, but fans should not be surprised if Kuzma eventually overtakes the position.
What can you expect from Ball? It would not be surprising for Ball to end up being the best Lakers player on the floor by the end of the season. His passing ability is as good as we have seen coming out of college over the last several years. Despite having an unorthodox shot, Ball was also lethal from three-point range during his season at UCLA. However, we did see Ball struggle shooting the ball in limited action during summer league.
Lakers fans are also anxious to see Brandon Ingram take the next step forward in his development. With the current roster, Ingram should see a good amount of playing time as the Lakers see what they have in him.
It will be interesting to see what young players start to emerge for the Lakers in what is expected to be a developmental year looking towards next summer.