Could Anthony Davis Start at Center for the Lakers? Darvin Ham Says It's Under "Heavy Consideration"


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This is not a new topic of conversation, but it's back in the news cycle. Asked about the possibility of Anthony Davis starting at center (as he did Sunday, when he scored 28 points in 21 minutes) as opposed to power forward this season, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said it's under "heavy consideration" for reasons that are pretty obvious:

  • Davis has thrived at the five as a Laker.
  • The Lakers have thrived with Davis at the five.
  • The team's best players are all in the backcourt. The best opportunity to give them the most playing time demands Davis play center and open up more minutes at small forward that would otherwise be used by LeBron (James).
  • The team's centers have been ok-to-meh to this point in the preseason.
  • They will almost surely finish most games with Davis at center, so why not start him there?

So how likely is it that Ham will go ahead and pull the trigger? If he does, what does it mean for the starting lineup? Who fills the void at the three, especially while Troy Brown is injured? Juan Toscano-Anderson? Austin Reaves? Lonnie Walker IV?

Ham has options. One more now, too, since the backcourt officially includes Dennis Schröder, who should be available to play Wednesday against Minnesota in what might be the first true tune up game with a (mostly) full rotation of guys for Ham to use. How will he sort all of it out? Where does Dennis fit in?

Finally, Monday's show explored some of the issues connected to Rob Pelinka's recently announced contract extension... but not all of them. We dive a little deeper, looking at questions of what Jeanie Buss prioritizes, and whether Pelinka is up for the big challenge facing the team in the next few seasons.

HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

SEGMENT 1: Darvin Ham says Davis could start at the five. Good idea?

SEGMENT 2: What does it do for the rotation if Ham makes the move?

SEGMENT 3: More on Rob Pelinka's extension with the Lakers and why it could be simultaneously correct and deeply worrisome.

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