NBA Metrics 101: Ranking Every Team's Best Lineup

20. Los Angeles Lakers:

Best Lineup: Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle

Minutes Played: 32
Net Rating: 22.4

Lonzo Ball: 20 years old. 
Brandon Ingram: 20 years old.
Kyle Kuzma: 22 years old. 
Julius Randle: 22 years old. 
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 24 years old. 

That has to make head coach Luke Walton squeal with joy. He’s managed to milk so much production from the youngsters on both ends of the floor that a lineup featuring Caldwell-Pope as the oldest contributor has still been decisively positive, capable of creating offense from any position while locking down on the defensive end. 

Unlike many of the early-season candidates, this is a five-man combination that should continue to grow throughout the 2017-18 campaign. All five players will continue to earn big minutes as they prove themselves integral parts of the Los Angeles Lakers’ core, and they’re all showing constant signs of improvement. 

What happens when Randle becomes more comfortable operating as the last line of defense? What happens when Ingram stops taking bad shots? What happens when Ball starts making shots? 

The Purple and Gold have a long way to go before they’re a true threat to emerge from the Western Conference’s playoff field—or even to function as a postseason lock in the first place. But putting the five most intriguing youngsters on the floor simultaneously and experiencing such positive results is a phenomenal start.