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Lakers News: Wesley Johnson To Start At Small Forward vs. Pelicans

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The Lakers have been struggling to find the right combination of starters and bench players throughout the season and now Mike D’Antoni has decided to make another change as Wesley Johnson will start at the small forward position in place of Nick Young tonight against the Pelicans, as Beto Duran first reported:

At this point, changes to the starting lineup should be expected on almost a daily basis until the right balance is found. It was already announced that both Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill will be in the starting lineup tonight. Meeks will make his third start of the season while Hill will get his first.

Johnson being inserted is a bit of a shocker as he has struggled offensively and putting him next to another offensively limited forward in Hill could turn out to be a questionable move. In addition, Johnson has spent a good part of this season getting minutes as a small-ball 4.

On the other hand, Johnson has consistently played with good energy defensively and has been exceptional on the boards and with blocking shots. With Anthony Davis dominating the Lakers on the boards last game, it could turn out to be the right move in moving Johnson with the starters.

The best news out of all of this, Nick Young’s quest for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year is still on.

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  • Jim213

    May be best for defense aside of athleticism. But Gasol still starting? Coach is trying to make up for last season.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    It’s about damn time he starts,hell yeah give him a chance to shine.If he fails it’s on him nobody else.Just a fair chance is all i ask.Good now he must prove he belongs.

    Go Wesley Johnson!

    Go Lakers!

  • Gregory Choa

    I like the idea of starting Wes at the 3 and have been advocating for this for a while now, especially when Kobe comes back, but I’m concerned about how well Nick Young and X. Henry can co-exist on the 2nd unit, as I basically see the two of them as the same player…both needing the ball in their hands in creating their own shots, and not particularly great defenders. Well, we shall see. At least we should be seeing more energy with the starting unit.

    • Gregory Choa

      It’s weird seeing Nick and Xavier out there together, one on each wing, but it seems to be working well – both look very comfortable and very confident out there together.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        I was about to say the same…. you beat me to it… loving the energy and the starters intentionally executing better offense as well as defense so far in the first half… But got to keep this up for another 24 minutes.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Consistency of execution… that’s the key… the team got to find the right pace and energy on execution both ends of the floor.

  • Daryl Peek

    I love it!! Been wanting Johnson to be a SF not PF. Great move!

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    At the half… Starters outscored the bench for the first time in 9 games…. 28-27….

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