As teams across the NBA are signing draft choices and free agents, and are piecing together rosters for the upcoming 2014-2015 season, in Los Angeles, Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak and the rest of the team’s brain trust have seeming undertaken a new concept in assembling a team: It looks like they are trying to build an entire team of power forwards.
|Jeremy Lin||Kobe Bryant||Xavier Henry||Carlos Boozer||Robert Sacre|
|Steve Nash||MarShon Brooks||Nick Young||Julius Randle|
|Jordan Clarkson||Wesley Johnson||Jordan Hill|
In the past few days, they re-signed their own free agent, Jordan Hill, and also signed free agent Ed Davis, and then newly-waived Carlos Boozer. In addition, they have their 2014 first round draft choice Julius Randle, and last year’s draft choice, Ryan Kelly. That
|sounds like they will be going five-deep at the position. That does not seem to leave much room for players that might be needed at the OTHER four positions, and the rest of the roster is woefully thin at each of those other positions, save for small forward.|
At small forward, they have the over-rated and significantly overpaid trojan brain surgeon nick young, and the recently re-signed and significantly more talented Xavier Henry, and it appears
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Finally at point guard, the question continues to be how much will Steve Nash be able to play? They have a solid backup in Jeremy Lin, though not as good a backup as Jordan Farmar, who left for the Clippers, was last season, and draft choice Jordan Clarkson, who has impressed in the summer league. They still might also bring back Kendall Marshall, who had figured to have been treated a bit better by the team. They should have gotten him secured long before now.
And, as summer races toward fall, the Lakers still do not have a head coach.