New Age Lakers Tip Off, 2016-17 Roster and Progression of the Team

The Lakers concluded their eight-game preseason with a 2-6 win loss record, but Coach Luke Walton was pleased with the progression his young team has shown.

“I feel like we’re starting to play better. We’re starting to understand concepts and understand what to look for in plays. And we’re playing at a faster pace for longer periods of time, which I think we need to do. SonI think it was a successful preseason,” Walton said.

The Lakers dropped their season finale against Phoenix Suns, fell twice to the Golden State Warriors, lost to the Portland Trailblazers and split their two-game series against the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.

Two days after their last preseason game, the team announced that they have waived Anthony Brown and Yi Jianlian per the request of Yi and his agent.

“Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court. However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he’d be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he’d be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson have made the Lakers’ opening night roster, surviving the final cut. The roster now stands at 15.

Position, Number, Player
F / C   28  Tarik Black
G  5  José Calderón
G  6  Jordan Clarkson
F  2  Luol  Deng
G  9  Marcelo Huertas
F  14  Brandon Ingram
C  20  Timofey Mozgov
F  7  Larry Nance Jr.
F  30  Julius Randle
G  1  D’Angelo Russell
G  23  Lou Williams
G / F  0 Nick Young
C  40  Ivica Zubac
F  37 Metta World Peace
F 15 Thomas Robinson

The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers Tip Off  at Staples Center on October 26 against the Houston Rockets.

HERE is the full Lakers 2016-17 Schedule.

Coach Luke Will Keep 15-man Regular Season Roster

The maximum number allowed by the NBA are fifteen players.  Head coach Luke Walton intends on keeping the roster for the 2016-17 Lakers season the maximum, hinting at two more cuts according to Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Zach Auguste, guard Julian Jacobs, and forward Travis Wear last week and the Lakers continued their preseason with 17. The backcourt all but appears set with D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Jose Calderon, and Marcelo Huertas. However, the frontcourt still has some question marks around which players will make the roster.

Behind Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr., the power forward position needs to be solidified. It is likely Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng will be spending time at the four, but the Lakers would like to have more depth available.

It appears the team will be choosing from Yi Jianlian, Metta World Peace, and Thomas Robinson. As World Peace hopes to provide another season of his veteran presence, Jianlian is attempting an NBA return and Robinson is looking to be on his sixth team since being drafted in 2012.

Position, Number, Player
F / C   28  Tarik Black
F  3  Anthony Brown
G  5  José Calderón
G  6  Jordan Clarkson
F  2  Luol  Deng
G  9  Marcelo Huertas
F  14  Brandon Ingram
F / C  11 Yi  Jianlian
C  20  Timofey Mozgov
F  7  Larry Nance Jr.
F  30  Julius Randle
G  1  D’Angelo Russell
G  23  Lou Williams
G / F  0 Nick Young
C  40  Ivica Zubac
F  37 Metta World Peace
F 15 Thomas Robinson