One of the biggest question marks facing each team going into training camp prior to the season is setting their rotation, and with so many new faces, the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers are no different. With only eight players returning from last season, the Lakers roster includes key new players at basically every position, both in the starting lineup and on the bench.
Not only is the Lakers roster full of new players, but most of their core players are aging veterans, making managing the rotation more imperative than ever for head coach Mike Brown and staff. Newly acquired point guard Steve Nash is 38 and will be 39 around the trade deadline next season. Kobe Bryant is entering his 17th NBA season and Antawn Jamison is entering his 15th.
Keeping the vets' minutes at reasonable levels will be a priority throughout the year to ensure that they won't run out gas come playoff time. The Lakers have addressed this by adding youth and depth to their bench, an area of concern for L.A. in previous seasons.
The Lakers also have a couple of roster spots up for grabs for some of the younger players trying to make the team in the preseason. Finding the right mix of veteran and youth can be the difference between winning a championship and suffering an early playoff burnout come May.
With that in mind, in the following slides we will examine the potential rotations at each position for the Lakers as well as take a look at who will be up for the open roster spots and why.