The Los Angeles Lakers are off to an 0-4 start and Byron Scott is preparing to shake up the rotation unless he sees improvements. Scott will stick to the same starting lineup against the Brooklyn Nets, but the rotation "might be different" going forward, he told reporters during shootaround Friday.
The first change could be Metta World Peace and Larry Nance, Jr. finding time off the bench, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Neither player has seen a regular season minute yet. The most action Nance has seen has come in practice, where he suffered a broken nose at the hands of Julius Randle. Anthony Brown has played just a handful of minutes despite starting through the majority of preseason for the Lakers.
Lou Williams, Brandon Bass, Ryan Kelly, Nick Young and Marcelo Huertas have been absorbing the majority of bench minutes thus far. Tarik Black saw his first stretch of extended play, filling in at center for Roy Hibbert, while Robert Sacre appears to be the last big off the bench.
Change could be good for a team that's gone winless through the first four games. While the backcourt rotation is a matter of balancing developing D'Angelo Russell and leaning on the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, the frontcourt is a messier puzzle to piece together. Bass has served as a pseudo "small ball" center at times, but also has the worst on-court defensive rating among bench players. The Lakers are allowing 115.3 points per 100 possessions while he's on the court, according to NBA.com.
Switching things up could definitely be necessary for the Lakers, but finding a way to bring it all together with a young core is the larger challenge at hand for Scott. We'll have to wait and see what kind of rotation changes come in Brooklyn as they being a five-game road trip.