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Heading into training camp, the Lakers have a few questions to answer at center. For one, we don't know how long Dwight Howard will be out recovering from his back surgery. We also don't know who will be the starting center on opening night.
If and when Howard gets healthy, he'll give the Lakers the best center in the league. Paired with Pau Gasol, he will be part of the best one-two punch at power forward and center in the NBA. But we don't know exactly when Howard will be returning to the court.
In the meantime, Jordan Hill will likely get the nod as the starting center. However, that hasn't been confirmed yet. The Lakers could start Antawn Jamison at power forward and slide Gasol to center. In terms of talent alone, that's probably L.A.'s best option.
The Lakers also have invited two centers, Robert Sacre and Greg Somogyi, to camp who could compete for roster spotsi.
Neither has played in the NBA, so it's not certain what we can expect. The Lakers did select Sacre with the 60th pick in the draft, so he might have an edge over Somogyi. But either way, it's unlikely they'll get much playing time even if they make the team.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Howard's injury and subsequent recovery, a lack of a firm understanding of how the starting lineup will be comprised while Howard's out, and no clear-cut backup until Howard returns, it's impossible to grade the center position heading into training camp.
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