As of Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott hadn’t yet made up his mind about his starting lineup. Specifically, Scott wasn’t sure if No. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell would get the start. Well, Scott has made up his mind, and the rookie will indeed get the starting nod.
Russell will be joined in the starting lineup by Kobe Bryant (who was hurt at the end of the preseason), Jordan Clarkson (also hurt), Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert. Scott said he considered starting Marcelo Huertas over Russell, but ultimately the Lakers headmaster likes Huertas’s fit with the second unit.
Interestingly enough, Scott also said he envisions Russell playing more of a shooting-guard role instead of a point-guard role:
Byron on D'Angelo Russell starting tonight: "I just think he's ready. He wants that spotlight." Russell will be more of a SG, Clarkson at PG
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 28, 2015
Considering Russell’s ability to spot-up and shoot from distance, this makes some sense. The youngster wasn’t all that great in Summer League or preseason, but there will be some growing pains with him, so be patient with the highly-touted guard.