Lakers Coach Frank Vogel Drops Interesting Update on Starting Lineup For Opening Game

Published 10/17/2021, 9:19 AM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) with guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers this season have one of the deepest squads in the NBA. With the star power of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook alongside veterans like Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard to name a few, the Purple and Gold are absolutely stacked.

While many other teams started their main lineups in the pre-season games, the Lakers initially did not field their star-studded lineup in the pre-season. It was only in the last two games that we saw the potential Lakers’ lineup this season.

Given the depth of the team and so many veterans who are accustomed to bigger roles, the Lakers certainly have a massive task at their hand in determining their proper starting lineup ahead of the season.

Frank Vogel reveals Lakers’ plan for starting lineup

The Lakers’ certainly have a deep lineup with many All-Star and former All-Stars in their roster. But three names are surely confirmed in the starting five, the trio of Bron, AD and Westbrook. But perhaps the biggest dilemma critics are in are about the remaining spots in the five.

Coach Frank Vogel spoke about the same in a recent press conference. When asked how the team is planning to determine the starting five, Vogel said, “A lot of conversations both with the coaching staff, the front office and with our captains and see what everybody’s feeling about it.”

The veteran coach added, “Obviously, there are more than two really good situations for how we would go with our starting lineup. We feel good about all of them. You know it’s just where we’re gonna land on. We don’t wanna um be in a situation where we’re changing too often.”

After a rocky start to their pre-season, the Lakers will be well aware that a stable starting five will be key for their success. But perhaps the biggest obstacle they have right now is injuries to many key players like Wayne Ellington and Kendrick Nunn.

If their shooting guards like Nunn and Ellington return we might see the Lakers play two big men in the starting five for now. Their other option could be to play with Bron at the 4 and Davis as the sole big man.

What kind of lineup should Frank Vogel prefer? Is it time for the Lakers to drop their two big man startegy and adopt small ball for good or the change of personnel bring the best out of the traditional system?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.