Time Is Now For Lakers To Unleash Julius Randle As A Starter

Still, if the Lakers are hoping Randle can become their version of Green, and this year he has taken massive steps in that direction, it may be time to start deploying him the same way the Golden State Warriors use Green himself.

That would entail starting Randle at power forward and shifting human Swiss Army knife Larry Nance Jr. to the reserves, and naturally, some of his minutes to Randle.

This would allow Randle to pick up some time alongside a more traditional center in Brook Lopez, then spend the majority of the rest of the game at center when Lopez rests, which is actually imperative to the team’s success.

The Lakers currently have three five-man units that have a positive net rating and have played a minimum of 20 minutes together this season (minus the bizarro starting five featuring Corey Brewer in the first game against the Phoenix Suns, which has to be omitted because the Suns were in total disarray.

Of the three qualifying units, there is one thing in common: Randle is the center. He is the engine that makes the Lakers go, and as of right now, the team is essentially playing with one hand behind their back by limiting his minutes.