Lakers Nation Roundtable: Which Reserve Would Be Best Served Starting? Reviewed by Momizat on . Ryan Ward: The popular choice for this particular question will likely be Xavier Henry after the former first round draft pick was sent back to the bench in fav Ryan Ward: The popular choice for this particular question will likely be Xavier Henry after the former first round draft pick was sent back to the bench in fav Rating:
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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Which Reserve Would Be Best Served Starting?

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kamanRyan Ward: The popular choice for this particular question will likely be Xavier Henry after the former first round draft pick was sent back to the bench in favor of Nick Young on Thursday night. Henry has played much better than expected this season and may continue to play well in Mike D’Antoni’s system, but I believe it’s Chris Kaman that needs to maintain the starting role.

Kaman got his first start for the Lakers in the win over the Houston Rockets, and although Kaman didn’t make a huge impact offensively, scoring only six points, the veteran big man ripped down 10 boards, blocked two shots and recorded two steals.

Ironically enough, I believe Kaman will help improve the team with his offensive ability and chemistry playing with fellow big man Pau Gasol. With more time on the floor together and Steve Nash running the show in the backcourt, Kaman and Gasol could prove to be a lethal combination.

Whether D’Antoni chooses to continue starting Kaman remains to be seen, but in my opinion, he’s the one bench player that needs be a starter in order to give this team the best chance to win night in and night out.

Suki Thind: I think the lineup from last night was a good change — starting Nick Young and Chris Kaman instead of Xavier Henry and Shawne Williams, however, Jordan Hill and Jodie Meeks could also be possibilities.

Hill has certainly proven himself as a spark for the Lakers, and Jodie Meeks has significantly improved since last season, becoming the team’s most consistent shooting guard in Kobe Bryant’s absence. Those are two possibilities down the road, but since Mike D’Antoni just changed his starting lineup last night, and it was relatively successful (in terms of the team winning), I think he should give it some more time.

I’m sure the starting lineup will eventually change, and when it does, I’d expect either Jodie Meeks or Jordan Hill, or both, to get a shot in the spotlight.

Corey Hansford: Despite his subpar play in the last couple of games, I still believe that the best route for the Lakers would be to start Xavier Henry in place of Nick Young. This move has as much to do with Young as it does Henry.

The starting lineup and the bench have two completely styles of play and Henry’s controlled attacking of the rim compliments the starters much better than Young’s freewheeling shooting. The starters have struggled to get the team off to a great start more often than not this season and Henry has excelled in getting to the free throw line which is an easy way to generate points for a struggling offense.

Just as important in that move would be Young’s move to the bench, where he has excelled in his two games as a reserve this season. Young has averaged 17 points on over 61 percent shooting in his two games off the bench because he gets to run up and down the floor, which lends itself better to his game.

It was unreasonable for us to expect Henry to keep up his exceptional level of play all season, but his fit alongside the excellent passers in the starting lineup, and his play throughout the majority of the season (and preseason) should earn him a spot in the starting lineup until further notice.

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  • Jim213

    Looking at the Pelicans stats their offense revolves around the guards and center. They’re a young team too (fresher legs). Given Nash will be sitting out the game the first team may have an advantage if they slow the game down but given the Lakers inconsistency in their shooting they’ll have to challenge A Davis for those rebounds.

    Although, a more exciting game would take place between the Pelican starters and the Lakers 2nd team, IMO. Hustle, defense, and rebounds similar to yesterday’s game, Hill should also get more playtime today IMO.

  • Gregory Choa

    I think so long as Kobe remains out of the lineup, we’re going to see MDA constantly tinkering with the Lakers starting lineup…which is OK for now. But when Kobe returns, that’s when I think he needs to stabilize things are starting settling down with his rotations – this will in turn forge better communication and defense sets on the floor, which continues to be this team’s achilles heel…not to mention an inability to hold big leads / a go-to guy down the stretch in close games…which, again, is where Kobe comes in.
    Once Kobe is back, I honestly think that the reserve best served starting actually ends up being Wesley Johnson (at the 3) for his athleticism on the wing and general defensive presence…along with Kaman at the 5 (switch Pau over to the 4 spot). The resulting shift to the reserve corps would give MDA a Wolf Pack of; 1. Blake/Farmar, 2. Meeks/Blake, 3. Young/X.Henry, 4./5. Jordan Hill.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    My lineup card would like this.

    Lakers Starters 2013-2014
    PG Steve Nash
    SG Nick Young
    SF Wesley Johnson
    PF Pau Gasol
    C Chris Kaman

    On nights can’t play due to rest or injury then i would start Steve Blake at PG.

    • Daryl Peek

      I like this but I think I’d rather see Meeks at the 2. Better back court defense and more consistent three point shooting.

  • Daryl Peek

    Parting shot LOL

  • Chrmngblly

    Pau is a center. He was the Lakers center the last time the Lakers won; he outplayed Dwight Howard, if anyone recalls. If those adult stem cells they put in his knees work, that’s where he should go back to playing. Can he learn the corner 3? That’s what he will have to do to play the 4 for MD. Even if he could, I doubt he will ever have the legs again to run the floor like a 4 for the Lakers needs to.

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