Through the first few days of training camp, there has been a clear shift around the Los Angeles Lakers that a part of the focus for the team in the 2018-19 season will be versatility throughout their roster.
This was made more clear by LeBron James voicing on Saturday that the Lakers are aiming to be a ‘positionless team’ that doesn’t necessarily have a set lineup on the floor. (h/t Erik García Gundersen of LeBron Wire)
“We want to be a positionless team,” James said at Saturday’s Lakers practice. “There’s going to be times where we are all playing different positions. That’s going to be the benefit of our ball club. Kuz at the 3-4-5, (Brandon Ingram) at the 1-through-5, myself at the 1-through five. (Michael Beasley) can play 2-through-5. We have a lot of guys that can play multiple positions. So it’s good, we just have to help rebound.”
Los Angeles has already taken steps toward that in training camp that has seen second-year forward Kyle Kuzma play some minutes at the center position that could give them potentially another small-ball lineup option. This train of thought falls in line with what head coach Luke Walton had stated at Media Day back on Monday that the Lakers would have four or fives different lineups that they can funnel through.
The Lakers have several players on the roster that have shown that they can play multiple positions with second-year forward demonstrating that last season playing point guard when Lonzo Ball was sidelined. Brandon Ingram had excelled in that spot that displayed his playmaking ability that will look to be utilized moving forward with the team taking this approach.
Ultimately, this should see Los Angeles use several different lineups to get the most of their personnel in what could be one of the primary aspects of their game plan.
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