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Podcast: The Lakers have a good guard problem

How will the Lakers find playing time for all of their guards?

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The Lakers are small, which is to say they’re a guard-heavy team. The good news is that all of said guards bring something of value to the team; the bad news is that there’s no way Frank Vogel can possibly play all of them.

Even if you were to operate under the assumption that Talen Horton-Tucker spends most of his time at small forward, where he started in his regular season debut on Sunday, there are still at least five guard that have strong cases for minutes behind and alongside Russell Westbrook: Malik Monk, Austin Reaves, Avery Bradley, Wayne Ellington and, to a lesser extent, Kent Bazemore. And that’s without even mentioning Kendrick Nunn, who has yet to make his regular season debut for the Lakers due to a persistent bone bruise.

On today’s podcast, Christian and Jacob talked about what each guard brings to the table, and gave their best guesses at to what the guard rotation will be if this Lakers team is ever at full strength. They also discussed the uncertain future of Avery Bradley, whose contract becomes guaranteed on Jan. 10.

You can listen to the entire episode below, and to make sure you don’t miss a single one moving forward, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.