The Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2014-15 season as a team in flux. A slew of new faces are in the fold, including head coach Byron Scott, so the starting lineup and optimal rotation are far from set.
One of the biggest questions entering training camp is how the staff will utilize rookie Julius Randle. The 6'9", 250-pound youngster is agile and hungry, but he's still far from his prime. Will the Kentucky product start at power forward to begin the season, or will he fight for minutes off the bench while developing?
Scott and Co. could be leaning toward the veteran experience and polished skill set of free-agent newcomer Carlos Boozer, but Randle has a decent shot to win the starting role. He'll have to work hard to earn it, and he might not even get the nod right off the bat. There are several areas he needs to address.
If he tackles the following blueprint, however, he'll find himself shedding the warm-ups at tipoff.