If this season weren’t strange enough as it is, it just got weirder. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to get back point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar in time for Tuesday’s tilt against the Minnesota Timberwolves. So now the purple and gold have four healthy and capable point guards, and it’s up to Mike D’Antoni to figure this one out.
Kendall Marshall has done a yeomen’s job in the others’ absence and put up impressive numbers in the process — but now he might have to deal with the reality of being buried on the bench. I’d imagine D’Antoni will continue to give him minutes, but he is a fickle man and after the first slump Marshall goes in, expect him to suddenly receive DNPs — coach’s decision.
It is going to be very interesting who D’Antoni starts on Tuesday, will he play it safe and go with Nash? Will he go with the better option in Blake or Farmar? Or will he get all D’Antoni on us and start two point guards?
The smart thing to do is start Blake to showcase him to the league — giving the Lakers an opportunity to deal him before the deadline. It would be ideal to package Blake and another role player such as Jodie Meeks or Nick Young for a draft pick. In order to maximize what the team wants to accomplish going forward, this is one of many tough decisions the Lakers will need to make.
From there, you can play two point guards with the second unit, which still would leave an odd man out. My bet is that ultimately that guy will be Marshall. And that will be a shame.