The debate on who the Los Angeles Lakers should be starting at power forward is a big one within our fanbase, and rightfully so. Head coach Luke Walton has gone with Larry Nance Jr. since the season opener, but Kyle Kuzma flourished in his absence. Meanwhile, Julius Randle is playing inspired hoops on both ends of the floor, and it’s arguable that he deserves a chance to reclaim his starter status.
The Lakers certainly have a problem in the form of a talent and minutes logjam at power forward that our staff here took a crack at in our roundtable, but let us not forget that this is also a good problem to have.
Yes, it’s unfortunate that so much of the Lakers’ talent is at the four slot, but drafting two No. 27 picks that deserve rotation minutes is pretty awesome. Seeing them together on the sidelines, decked out in that beautiful forum blue, is a reminder of just that:
Hangin' pic.twitter.com/eoG34HW40m— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 28, 2017
Which, all-in-all, is pretty cool. They recognized this fact on their own Twitter accounts:
Twenty Sevens @kylekuzma https://t.co/cPDlWI9BES— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) November 28, 2017
November 29, 2017
On that note, a reminder that the pinned tweet on Kuzma’s profile is this:
IM A LAKER— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 23, 2017
The Lakers history with the No. 27 pick is pretty strong, funnily enough. How about Sasha Vujacic and Elden Campbell for other Lakers taken at that position in the draft? Shouts to Chris Jefferies, another Lakers No. 27 pick.
(He never played for the Lakers.)