Lakers have three different ways to set starting lineup

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While the Lakers prepare for a very different season, there’s plenty of options when it comes to a starting lineup.

Besides Lonzo Ball and Brook Lopez, the starting lineup isn’t exactly set in stone. When you consider things such as Summer League performances as well as the attempt to really get chemistry flowing, it’s not really an easy decision.

You could argue that Brandon Ingram is also a lock, but that may not last long if he falls short of the lofty expectations that Magic Johnson has appeared to set for him. Not only did Johnson predict that Ingram would lead the team in scoring during the upcoming season, but he also stood firm on his claim that Ingram is untouchable in trade talks.

This would definitely come back to haunt Johnson if a serious injury or lack of performance alters Ingram’s production in his second season.

Julius Randle is also worth having a conversation about, because while he does have a lot of hype behind him at the moment, he hasn’t established himself just yet as a top player. Injury plagued his true rookie season before he got a lot of time on the floor last year, but there’s more than enough room to grow in his game as well.

Let’s take a look at three potential starting lineups that the Lakers could go with, along with pros and cons for each scenario.