The Lakers have been struggling to adjust to Mike D’Antoni’s system for a variety of reasons; one of them being the severe lack of quality wing players to run the floor and shoot from the perimeter. Metta World Peace and Devin Ebanks have been the primary options at small forward, and both leave a lot to be desired. It looks like D’Antoni might be making a bit of a surprising lineup change to better adjust to his strengths.
Via Real GM, it looks like Kobe Bryant might be moving to small forward in order to get some extra shooting into the game:
With Jodie Meeks expected to be inserted into Mike D’Antoni’s starting lineup, it is expected that Kobe Bryant will move to the small forward position.
Devin Ebanks started for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night in place of Metta World Peace, as D’Antoni wanted to bolster his bench and give World Peace more minutes at power forward.
Meeks will provide the shooting D’Antoni wants in the starting five.
This makes sense for a couple of reasons. World Peace and Ebanks are not D’Antoni players at all, as both lack the skills to run and gun all game. Not saying Jodie Meeks is the savior, but he’s certainly a better fit.
Kobe is flexible enough to play small forward, and it shouldn’t be a concern against most teams.
We’ll see if this is the type of move that can get the team rolling.
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