The Lakers are rather thin in the backcourt, with the only notable names being Danny Green and Rajon Rondo. So, naturally, former NBA superstar Gilbert Arenas offered up a simple solution: go big.
In a sit-down with The Lakers Review, Arenas presented the Lakers’ “super” lineup, consisting of LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and JaVale McGee.
“Who do you think is going to win the championship this year?” Gilbert was asked.
“Lakers,” Gilbert confidently replied. “I mean, they’re just big. The whole team is versatile. They can do a lineup that would kill: LeBron at the point, Kuzma at the two, Anthony Davis at the three. Then you can go JaVale and Dwight (in the frontcourt).
“In hindsight, you’d be like, ‘Oh, they’d get killed,’” Arenas continued. “Where? Not on defense. On defense, you’d have (players who are) all 6-10 and above, just locking down. Play like a zone type and just say, ‘Oh, go to the basket.’ You’d have five freak athletes jumping, trying to block that shot.”
Arenas picks the Lakers to win the championship and would put out a lineup “that would kill” consisting of James, Kuzma, Davis, McGee, and Howard: pic.twitter.com/Hu6BH7R4ho
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He certainly makes a case for the defensive side of things. Having 6-10 and above guys guard you at every position would be a tough assignment.
But having a lineup that big and that slow would make it tough to stop the smaller guards on the perimeter and score effectively on the offensive end. We are unlikely to find out either way.
There is no way coach Vogel would ever try this lineup on the floor of an important game — its just too risky.