Every Western Conference Team’s Biggest Lineup Problem For 2018-2019

Los Angeles Lakers: Is a center necessary?

It seems like every season, the Los Angeles Lakers are hilariously thin at center. In fact, this season it is likely that the Lakers will start JaVale McGee at center. Yikes. With Head Coach Luke Walton being a product of Golden State, perhaps the Lakers will opt to run a smaller lineup.

With few doubts, the Lakers best five players are Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and the King himself, LeBron James. Therefore, why not try to play all five together?

Yes, the lineup would be on the smaller side, with the 6’9” Ingram and Kuzma being the tallest players, but last season, LeBron was a solid rim protector, decreasing opponents’ field goal percentages’ by seven percent within six feet of the basket. And with the NBA getting smaller and smaller, perhaps the lineup would thrive on its switchability.

For the first time since 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers are in playoff contention, due to the addition of LeBron James. In the West, there are no guarantees. Therefore, Walton must get creative to make sure that the Lakers finish in the top eight. Perhaps playing LeBron at the five may be the Lakers best lineup.