The Los Angeles Lakers are roughly two months away from tipping off their preseason schedule against the Denver Nuggets.
We can finally look forward to this moment as a coach has been hired, the roster is rounding out, and the dog days of NBA summer have finally crept in.
The questions are almost endless at this juncture. Will Kobe Bryant return to form? Will Steve Nash even be able to play? What will the offense ultimately look like? Will this team even try to play defense?
Or the question this piece will attempt to answer, who will be starting?
With a new-look roster, and the franchise centerpiece returning from injury, the 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup will certainly look different from last year. The top-five Lakers in terms of minutes played last season were Jodie Meeks (now a member of the Detroit Pistons), Wesley Johnson (re-signed with Lakers), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls), Nick Young (re-signed with Lakers), and Kendall Marshall (Milwaukee Bucks).
If you were still wondering why the Los Angeles Lakers lost 55 games last season, I encourage you to read over that list once more.
Heading into a season in which Kobe Bryant proclaims one hundred percent health, Steve Nash has had an entire offseason to recover, and more talent has been acquired, will the starting lineups change enough to make a difference?
Let’s start with a look at the point guard position.