Who should the Lakers start?

Laker’s head coach Luke Walton has an opportunity to learn from last year’s mistakes and set the stage for this year’s success by making the right decision regarding which players will start once everybody’s healthy and ready to go.

Last year, Luke decided to start Larry Nance, Jr. at power forward rather than Julius Randle, a decision that caused the Lakers’ starting unit to struggle but eventually allowed the second unit to excel with Randle as small ball center. Gambling that Nance would grow into a legitimate NBA starter might have been fine considering where the Lakers were last year but that’s changed now and the Lakers with LeBron have shifted into a ‘grow fast and win now’ mode.

LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, and JaVale McGee are already sure starters, leaving two openings that will likely be filled by two of these five players — Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rando, Josh Hart, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma. While Luke could mix and match point and shooting guards, it makes more sense for him to pair Ball and Hart, who are both on rookie contracts, as one backcourt duo, and Rondo and KCP, who on 1-year deals, as the second duo.

Here are the three options Luke should be considering when deciding who should start for the Lakers once everybody’s healthy and ready to play: