Predicting the Los Angeles Lakers’ Starting Five for Next Season

What Will the Lakers' Starting Five Look Like in 2014-15?

Kobe Bryant
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At this moment, the Los Angeles Lakers don’t have a head coach. They only have three players under guaranteed contracts. Basically, the team is in a terrible position after putting together the worst season in franchise history. So instead of worrying about what they need to do this offseason, we’ll look at what the Lakers’ starting five could look like in 2014-15.

Here are my predictions for the Lakers’ starting lineup next season.

Center: Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
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Center: Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
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With the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Lakers land a big man who can bring a dynamic quality to the frontcourt. On top of possessing elite length, Vonleh has great athleticism for a big man and shows plus range from the field. If he’s available when the Lakers are on the clock, Vonleh would be an excellent addition to the Los Angeles starting five.

Power Forward: Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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Power Forward: Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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For years now, the Lakers have been putting plans in place to make a serious run at Love. While it’s certainly going to cost them a lot to work out a deal for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ big man, the Lakers appear eager to get him at any cost. If they get a trade done, Love would bring outstanding athleticism, shooting and defense to a team that needs some sort of consistency – especially in the paint.

Small Forward: Nick Young

Nick Young
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Small Forward: Nick Young

Nick Young
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Although he has the option to test the open market, Young is expected to re-sign with the Lakers this offseason. While he was inconsistent at times and might have a bigger ego than No. 24, Young is a talented playmaker who can catch fire in a hurry. Fans love him and the Lakers need some young blood, so Young seems like a realistic option for Los Angeles.

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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This is, of course, assuming he can get healthy and stay there. Over the last two seasons, he’s dealt with a myriad of injuries, and is no sure bet to be at 100% when the 2014-15 season tips off. Still, if he’s good to go, he’ll be the Lakers' poster boy.

Point Guard: Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry
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Point Guard: Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry
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This offseason, the Lakers will be determined to add some legitimate talents to their starting five, and Lowry could easily be a piece of that puzzle. He’s set to hit the open market after an outstanding year with the Toronto Raptors, and might be one of the best point guards in the NBA. If the Lakers could find a way to get Lowry under contract, Bryant would finally have the dynamic – and healthy - passer he’s been hoping for.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Michael LeDuc

    How can the Lakers possibly obtain Kevin Love without giving up their No. 7 pick? That is absolutely ridiculous. Even if they traded the No. 7 pick, they would have no chance to get Love until free agency next season.

    T-Wolves are going to accept No. 7, Steve Nash and a 2019 first-round pick? Please.