Luke Walton, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, has still to finalize on his rotations ahead of the team’s regular season opener against Houston Rockets on Oct. 26.
The Lakers have been experimenting with lineups and rotations during the ongoing preseason.
Even though the common consensus is that Julius Randle will continue to start at Power Forward, the former Kentucky standout faces stiff competition from Larry Nance Jr.
Also, Walton has been starting veteran Lou Williams at shooting guard but many expect him to start Jordan Clarkson when the season begins later this month.
Walton is also unsure about the backup point guard role. Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas are currently battling for the role of D’Angelo Russell’s backup.
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Luke Walton ready to experiment
When asked if he prefers Calderon or Huertas as the backup PG, Walton said: “That’s going to be a tough call. I’m sure throughout the season we’ll lean on different ones at different times depending on what we need.
“But I feel completely confident with either one of them on the floor running the team,” the rookie head coach told The Orange County Register over the weekend.
Both Huertas and Calderon have seen almost identical playing time during the ongoing preseason. While Huertas has dished out more dimes, Calderon has proven to be a better shooter and scorer.
“Jose is a phenomenal shooter and one of the best shooters on our team. But he’s a little older.
“Are we not getting involved? Marcelo is probably our best playmaker on the team out there,” Walton added while weighing his two options.
Meanwhile, there have been several rumors that Clarkson, who has been relegated to a sixth man role, could get frustrated and request for a trade later in the season.
During Saturday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, Clarkson started the game since Williams was on the DNP list. There is still no word on the starting two-guard spot.
Luke Walton and the Lakers play the Warriors once again on Wednesday. They will play their final preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday.