Chances are, the Los Angeles Lakers will need some time to sort out their starting lineup before they take to the Staples Center court against the rival Los Angeles Clippers on the NBA's opening night.
At a few spots, anyway. Steve Nash and Pau Gasol have all but sewn up their respective spots in Mike D'Antoni's "Fave Five," assuming the injury bug doesn't intervene once again.
But with Metta World Peace gone, Gasol sliding over to center and Kobe Bryant still working his way back from a torn Achilles, the Lakers have three spots that, at this point, are up for grabs—and no shortage of faces, old and new, to do the reaching.
The coaching staff may not be ready, willing or able to streamline the competition for those jobs just yet. On the other hand, we here at Bleacher Report aren't afraid to take a crack at it. Click on to see who we think will be the first to don the purple and gold during the 2013-14 regular season.