Lakers have three different ways to set starting lineup

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The lineup that would make the most sense

Staring lineup:
Lonzo Ball – PG
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG
Brandon Ingram – SF
Julius Randle – PF
Brook Lopez – C

The only reason that the Los Angeles Lakers wouldn’t go with this starting lineup is if there was a flash of something from another player that they couldn’t pass up or a devastating injury prevents one of these guys from being out there.

Magic Johnson and the rest of the front office drafted Lonzo Ball to start using him immediately. They clearly believed that he was ready to take the leap to the NBA, so they’d be foolish not to start him right away and go from there.

Also, Brandon Ingram is only going to be a possible points leader for this team if he is in the starting lineup. There is no way that Ingram is going to excel off the bench, so the Lakers have to keep that in mind as well.

The hope for Julius Randle is that things explode for him. It’ll be his second season — assuming he stays healthy — despite being drafted three years ago. He didn’t get to play his rookie year because he had a season-ending injury in his first pro game.

This lineup would be the best for the Lakers assuming everything goes well for the long-term this season and the effort is made. If there’s any hiccups there, even with just one player, things need to be shaken up a bit in Los Angeles.