Three of five starters for the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be newcomers this coming season. With two superstars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, keeping their spots among starting five, they will be joined by the team’s third superstar Russell Westbrook and two more players.
Newcomers Wayne Ellington and Trevor Ariza, both of whom have previously played for the Lakers, are expected to fill the remaining two spots. Should this be the starting lineup for the 17-time NBA champions, they will likely have the oldest starting five in the league with an average age of 33.
Davis, who is expected to play the center position, will be the youngest among the starters at the age of 28, while James and Ariza will be the oldest, both at 36.
“Since Davis arrived from New Orleans two years ago, the Lakers’ best lineups have featured him at center,” Oram, Charania and Amick wrote. “With [Russell] Westbrook aboard, sources said Davis has emerged as the expected starting center, clearing the way for a likely starting five of him, [Russell] Westbrook, [Wayne] Ellington, [Trevor] Ariza and [LeBron] James, according to sources. Third-year guard Talen Horton-Tucker, a rising, young talent for the Lakers, is also expected to compete in camp for a possible starting role.”