Lakers Nation Debate: Who Should Be First Power Forward Off Bench?
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Topic: We wonder who should be the first power forward off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Bass, Ryan Kelly, or Larry Nance Jr.?

Context: As the Lakers roster began to take shape over the summer, there were a few players who seemed to be locks for the rotation. Amongst the bigs, it was generally assumed that Brandon Bass would be backing up Julius Randle and play pretty significant minutes for the team.

The Lakers’ preseason, however, opened some eyes. While Bass struggled throughout most of the preseason, shooting less than 38 percent from the field in five games, the Lakers other options impressed, most notably Ryan Kelly.

Kelly averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range, looking like the ‘stretch-4’ many envisioned when the Lakers originally drafted him. He also had the game-winning dunk against Portland and another impressive dunk over Andre Iguodala in the next game.

Furthermore, rookie Larry Nance Jr. quickly gained fame with his massive slam over Festus Ezili, but he showed growth in the rest of his game as well. Nance averaged 3.6 rebounds in only 11 minutes and flashed his range by knocking down both of his three-point attempts in the preseason.

It looks as if the Lakers have multiple options capable of contributing, with each bringing something different to the table, but who should be the first player called?

Verdict: We went to Twitter to ask the Lakers Nation followers who they believe should be the first power forward off the bench: Brandon Bass, Ryan Kelly, or Larry Nance Jr.? These are some of the responses:

The fans have spoken and while Nance and Kelly each got a little love, the majority still believes that Brandon Bass should be first off the bench at power forward. Even though he has underwhelmed in the preseason, I agree with the fans that Bass should be the guy.

Bass brings a lot of energy and toughness. He works hard on defense, is an underrated athlete, and is a good rebounder as well. On a second unit with mostly offensive-minded players, someone like Bass is needed. I also believe he will regain his shooting stroke.

That being said, Ryan Kelly played excellently in the preseason and I would love to see Byron Scott find some minutes for him as he earned them in my opinion. Nance will be a situational player in the beginning, but as he continues to develop he could take some minutes from both of these guys later in the season.

I sure love Nance Jr’s energy and explosiveness! I think that Russel and Nance on the floor could be really fun to watch… With that being said, Bass can play solid defense and has a reliable jumpshot. His experience could be crucial, especially for the beginning of the season. Kelly should be used when we need some scoring although he’s still a liability on the defensive end IMO.

  • I sure love Nance Jr’s energy and explosiveness! I think that Russel and Nance on the floor could be really fun to watch… With that being said, Bass can play solid defense and has a reliable jumpshot. His experience could be crucial, especially for the beginning of the season. Kelly should be used when we need some scoring although he’s still a liability on the defensive end IMO.

  • Randle starts thats all that i really care about.
    bass or nance or kelly either way cant go wrong they all have played well recently.

  • Randle starts thats all that i really care about.
    bass or nance or kelly either way cant go wrong they all have played well recently.

  • Damn we sure do have a logjam there. Hopefully we can package bass and young together at the trade deadline to a contending team

    Ryan kelly right now looks better than bass and lance jr will be there in the future

  • Damn we sure do have a logjam there. Hopefully we can package bass and young together at the trade deadline to a contending team

    Ryan kelly right now looks better than bass and lance jr will be there in the future

  • Sacre / D’Angelo hope Kobe has patience with fo and developing Sacre = D’lo – Blinders Off now, Kobe has to be feeling what fo Jim Buss is dishing out . . . Lakers are going into battle with D’Angelo / Sacre after roster is trimmed – KB GOAT has to be seeing the Awesome Victories that lie ahead, of such sound Great Basketball Leaders / decision makers of the championship Lakers Front-Office!!

  • Kelly’s d against opposing reserve fours is not that bad. Black needs to play back up c, not bass.

  • Sacre / D’Angelo hope Kobe has patience with fo and developing Sacre = D’lo – Blinders Off now, Kobe has to be feeling what fo Jim Buss is dishing out . . . Lakers are going into battle with D’Angelo / Sacre after roster is trimmed – KB GOAT has to be seeing the Awesome Victories that lie ahead, of such sound Great Basketball Leaders / decision makers of the championship Lakers Front-Office!!

  • Kelly’s d against opposing reserve fours is not that bad. Black needs to play back up c, not bass.

  • I would really like to see what Randle can do at SF. Bass could start a PF then. A starting of lineup of Russell/Clarkson/Randle/Bass/ Hibbert could be effective.

  • I would really like to see what Randle can do at SF. Bass could start a PF then. A starting lineup of Russell/Clarkson/Randle/Bass/ Hibbert could be effective.

  • In My Honest Opinion – Based on what I witnessed, watching entire summer League, all pre-season games: Randle. Randle should be First off bench. Again, in my Opinion – “thinking Wins and NOT DEVELOPMENT”, If needed to win this game? I would start: Lou pg; Kobe; Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert – Sounds like Alpha male KB, wants to win TODAY

  • In My Honest Opinion – Based on what I witnessed, watching entire summer League, all pre-season games: Randle. Randle should be First off bench. Again, in my Opinion – “thinking Wins and NOT DEVELOPMENT”, If needed to win this game? I would start: Lou pg; Kobe; Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert – Sounds like Alpha male KB, wants to win TODAY

  • Bass then Kelly — like Nance but he’s not ready for serious PT. Might even benefit from a short stint in the d-league.

  • Bass then Kelly….depending on the matchup — like Nance but he’s not ready for serious PT. Might even benefit from a short stint in the d-league.

  • WOW. Agreed. I like Randle’s game, but makes me nervous watching young randle BullyBall – Bass is poised, confident, and can rebound, not so Foul-prone due to Years of experience

  • WOW. Agreed. I like Randle’s game, but makes me nervous watching young randle BullyBall – Bass is poised, confident, and can rebound, not so Foul-prone due to Years of experience

  • I don’t know. Kelly has played well on the offensive end but is still pretty lousy on defense. Bass is that much better that it offsets Kelly’s ability to stretch the floor imho.

  • I don’t know. Kelly has played well on the offensive end but is still pretty lousy on defense. Bass is that much better that it offsets Kelly’s ability to stretch the floor imho.

  • I hope Jim Buss never WAIVEs Sacre and D’angelo, so many Laker Nation fans may be upset – after all Jim stated anyway he wants development over playoffs

  • That’s shocking! So many NBA greats have passed away in the last few months/years, it’s really sad. RIP

  • I hope Jim Buss never WAIVEs Sacre and D’angelo, so many Laker Nation fans may be upset – after all Jim stated anyway he wants development over playoffs

  • That’s shocking! So many NBA greats have passed away in the last few months/years, it’s really sad. RIP

  • He’d match up well against the bigger SFs like Durant and Melo but I’m not sure he’d be able to keep up with the smaller ones for the entire game. Would be fine in stints, but that’s a tough assignment.

  • He’d match up well against the bigger SFs like Durant and Melo but I’m not sure he’d be able to keep up with the smaller ones for the entire game. Would be fine in stints, but that’s a tough assignment.

  • I’d like the coaching staff to think about it in terms of match-up. Bass and Kelly are really two different kinds of PF, so the flow of the game and the profiles of the players we’ll face should determine the rotations. Kelly showed too many good things creating, driving and shooting to be considered as a mere third option.

  • with that line up you would have no spacing on the floor at all. bass randle and hibbert all play close to the rim. randle will have to be consistent from the outside to be a 3. he doesnt have the jumper just yet.

  • I’d like the coaching staff to think about it in terms of match-up. Bass and Kelly are really two different kinds of PF, so the flow of the game and the profiles of the players we’ll face should determine the rotations. Kelly showed too many good things creating, driving and shooting to be considered as a mere third option.

  • with that line up you would have no spacing on the floor at all. bass randle and hibbert all play close to the rim. randle will have to be consistent from the outside to be a 3. he doesnt have the jumper just yet.

  • I’m not my sister’s keeper – js. If FO has the Power to develop Sacre, D’angelo then y consider WAIVing them – or is FO aware of the Sacre / D’angelo TRADE VALUE, which fo considers through roof

  • I’m not my sister’s keeper – js. If FO has the Power to develop Sacre, D’angelo then y consider WAIVing them – or is FO aware of the Sacre / D’angelo TRADE VALUE, which fo considers through roof

  • Laker Identity? Development or Win today identity? Or are Lakers that good we can do both? If Development: start Sacre; D’Angelo; Clarkson; Randle; Anthony Brown. If want to Win Today, this game? start Kobe; Lou: Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert or a Hybrid, may want to win – but probably won’t, then start: Kobe; Clarkson; Swaggy; Randle; Hibbert. Either way, need to know Identity, do we want to develop or win or a hybrid? Actually a hybrid is probably going to be the most frustrating scenerio

  • Laker Identity? Development or Win today identity? Or are Lakers that good we can do both? If Development: start Sacre; D’Angelo; Clarkson; Randle; Anthony Brown. If want to Win Today, this game? start Kobe; Lou: Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert or a Hybrid, may want to win – but probably won’t, then start: Kobe; Clarkson; Swaggy; Randle; Hibbert. Either way, need to know Identity, do we want to develop or win or a hybrid? Actually a hybrid is probably going to be the most frustrating scenerio

  • yea it is sad i dont forget them though.
    alot of great old players.
    NBA legends man….
    cant forget how we got to this game and who got us started.
    i definately respect them guys who made it easy for us.
    respect is something i take seriously unlike other so called fans on this forum.
    without respect its just throwing insults back and forth like a bunch of high school kids.
    respect them older players from the 70s 80s and early 90s.
    without them we wouldnt even be sitting here right now.

  • yea it is sad i dont forget them though.
    alot of great old players.
    NBA legends man….
    cant forget how we got to this game and who got us started.
    i definately respect them guys who made it easy for us.
    respect is something i take seriously unlike other so called fans on this forum.
    without respect its just throwing insults back and forth like a bunch of high school kids.
    respect them older players from the 70s 80s and early 90s.
    without them we wouldnt even be sitting here right now.

  • bass should be the backup.
    btw randle is going to be the guy that guards durant, melo and lebron

  • bass should be the backup.
    btw randle is going to be the guy that guards durant, melo and lebron

  • As much as I hate Julius Randle and want to see him fail, he has been playing well and should get the start at some point this season. maybe not in the very beginning, but he is the best F on the Lakers

  • As much as I hate Julius Randle and want to see him fail, he has been playing well and should get the start at some point this season. maybe not in the very beginning, but he is the best F on the Lakers

  • The Lakers have four 4s, so to me at least one is trade bait. For that reason I’d like to see them all get time, rotating whoever is first off the bench depending on matchups and situations, and let them all get some time and show what they can do. Then one needs to be traded before the deadline for a 3 or a 5.

  • The Lakers have four 4s, so to me at least one is trade bait. For that reason I’d like to see them all get time, rotating whoever is first off the bench depending on matchups and situations, and let them all get some time and show what they can do. Then one needs to be traded before the deadline for a 3 or a 5.

  • randle has impressed thus far. D’Angelo is another story. What do u think of his game? he’s gone by end of next year in my opinion.

  • randle has impressed thus far. D’Angelo is another story. What do u think of his game? he’s gone by end of next year in my opinion.

  • …. develope sacre into what? He’s entering his 4th season and while skills seem to be there, he lacks execution terribly

  • …. develope sacre into what? He’s entering his 4th season and while skills seem to be there, he lacks execution terribly

  • Russsell is 19 with only one year of college. He’s going to need a couple years to develop. He could turn out great. Still, I think his bust potential is real. I’m taking a wait and see approach.

  • Russsell is 19 with only one year of college. He’s going to need a couple years to develop. He could turn out great. Still, I think his bust potential is real. I’m taking a wait and see approach.

  • The Lakers can only suit up 13 players every game, so assuming everyone is healthy, 2 have to sit out anyway. Nance Jr is the ideal candidate for the D-League, cause he won’t get much PT or even be one of the 15 suited up.

    Ryan Kelly should play if the Lakers need some offense, Bass should play if the Lakers need some defense, hustle and rebounding. They should absolutely not be playing together, that was just ugly.

    Incidentally, the first 3 backup Power Forward match ups the Lakers will likely face are all stretch 4’s. Bjelica, Casspi, Villanueva.

  • The Lakers can only suit up 13 players every game, so assuming everyone is healthy, 2 have to sit out anyway. Nance Jr is the ideal candidate for the D-League, cause he won’t get much PT or even be one of the 15 suited up.

    Ryan Kelly should play if the Lakers need some offense, Bass should play if the Lakers need some defense, hustle and rebounding. They should absolutely not be playing together, that was just ugly.

    Incidentally, the first 3 backup Power Forward match ups the Lakers will likely face are all stretch 4’s. Bjelica, Casspi, Villanueva.

  • It ain’t about Kobe anymore, they can’t count on him to be available enough to build around him,its about the youngsters ….if he isn’t patient…. He can retire.

  • It ain’t about Kobe anymore, they can’t count on him to be available enough to build around him,its about the youngsters ….if he isn’t patient…. He can retire.

  • The rotation off the bench should be

    C- Hibbert / Black / Sacre
    PF- Randle / Bass / Kelly / Nance

    However, Scott’s been going with this

    C- Hibbert / Bass / Sacre /Black
    PF- Randle / Kelly / Nance

    Scott has to put Black in as the C off the bench to play alongside Bass at PF. The Bass and Kelly duo off the bench isn’t working defensively or rebounding wise.

  • The rotation off the bench should be

    C- Hibbert / Black / Sacre
    PF- Randle / Bass / Kelly / Nance

    However, Scott’s been going with this

    C- Hibbert / Bass / Sacre /Black
    PF- Randle / Kelly / Nance

    Scott has to put Black in as the C off the bench to play alongside Bass at PF. The Bass and Kelly duo off the bench isn’t working defensively or rebounding wise.

  • Umm, Sacre’s contract is up this year — if they were trying to “develop” him, they would have already negotiated an extension.

  • Umm, Sacre’s contract is up this year — if they were trying to “develop” him, they would have already negotiated an extension.

  • I’m okay with Bass being back up PF. I’m just not okay with him being our small ball center.

  • I’m okay with Bass being back up PF. I’m just not okay with him being our small ball center.

  • You hate Randle and want dangelo to fail, have a clippers avatar and you are on a lakers board. Don’t the clippers have some site where they talk about all of their championships and rings and how great their Organization has been over the past 6 decades….oh wait, nvm

  • Kelly is not the answer, BUT he can outscore Bass. This situation could be answered by a Good coach except we have Scott. First he couldn’t find a use for the three point line now he wants a Four point line. Not a lot of brainpower!

  • You hate Randle and want dangelo to fail, have a clippers avatar and you are on a lakers board. Don’t the clippers have some site where they talk about all of their championships and rings and how great their Organization has been over the past 6 decades….oh wait, nvm

  • Kelly is not the answer, BUT he can outscore Bass. This situation could be answered by a Good coach except we have Scott. First he couldn’t find a use for the three point line now he wants a Four point line. Not a lot of brainpower!

  • Bass, Kelly and Sacre represent $5.6m of expiring contracts — all three might get a disgruntled impact role player.

    Throw either one onto Hibbert’s contract and they get Durant.

    What?

  • Bass, Kelly and Sacre represent $5.6m of expiring contracts — all three might get a disgruntled impact role player.

    Throw either one onto Hibbert’s contract and they get Durant.

    What?

  • KD to me is top 5 player in the NBA.
    having him on our team would definately make the playoffs maybe even get us to the western con. finals.

  • KD to me is top 5 player in the NBA.
    having him on our team would definately make the playoffs maybe even get us to the western con. finals.

  • he did have 1 block the other game but overall him and sacre dont even compare to larry nance jr or upshaw.
    i would call them elite defenders but both need to score more points to stand out. people analyze stats too much and numbers and nance and upshaw do alot that doesnt show in numbers or stat sheets. thats why analytics dont tell the whole story and cant be trusted 100pct of the time.

  • I did like the complementarity in D and in offense of Kelly and Black, whereas Bass has been fitting with nobody, and he’s been tried in several frontcourt lineups…
    I’d bring in Bass as a situational player, to make the stops and run the transition when that’s needed. But huertas can make Young, Williams, Black and Kelly shine like crazy, and Kelly and Black have been a nice duo on both ends of the floor, although blocking shots is not really their good points, but they did work on D and on rebounding. As soon as Bass got involved the game got bad on both ends… Not his fault, though, but he is NOT as small ball center, and he needs to be associated with a true center to show his worth, aka Hibbert.

  • he did have 1 block the other game but overall him and sacre dont even compare to larry nance jr or upshaw.
    i would call them elite defenders but both need to score more points to stand out. people analyze stats too much and numbers and nance and upshaw do alot that doesnt show in numbers or stat sheets. thats why analytics dont tell the whole story and cant be trusted 100pct of the time.

  • I did like the complementarity in D and in offense of Kelly and Black, whereas Bass has been fitting with nobody, and he’s been tried in several frontcourt lineups…
    I’d bring in Bass as a situational player, to make the stops and run the transition when that’s needed. But huertas can make Young, Williams, Black and Kelly shine like crazy, and Kelly and Black have been a nice duo on both ends of the floor, although blocking shots is not really their good points, but they did work on D and on rebounding. As soon as Bass got involved the game got bad on both ends… Not his fault, though, but he is NOT as small ball center, and he needs to be associated with a true center to show his worth, aka Hibbert.

  • wow dude, you can’t talk hoops with fans of other teams? not my problem.

  • Cannot trade Bass till December. But I do think he is the best guy to deal if we can get a young prospect in return

  • Cannot trade Bass till December. But I do think he is the best guy to deal if we can get a young prospect in return

  • decent chance that next year is his last. I mean if he shows nothing, is this a guy the Lakers want to keep on board moving forward? Time will tell, just my prediction.

  • Nance,bc kelly has last year.
    Bass or Nance would be our 2nd PF off the bench.
    I know kelly has been playing well lately but where was he before.
    how can we trust him he will keep up playing this good?
    id rather let nance jr or bass get mins.
    Much better defense is better than a little bit better offense.

  • decent chance that next year is his last. I mean if he shows nothing, is this a guy the Lakers want to keep on board moving forward? Time will tell, just my prediction.

  • Nance,bc kelly has last year.
    Bass or Nance would be our 2nd PF off the bench.
    I know kelly has been playing well lately but where was he before.
    how can we trust him he will keep up playing this good?
    id rather let nance jr or bass get mins.
    Much better defense is better than a little bit better offense.

  • Kelly had a very good rookie season, last year he was struggling with hamstring issues and playing out of position.

  • Kelly had a very good rookie season, last year he was struggling with hamstring issues and playing out of position.

  • Jesus Christ, who gives a damn about who will be the first PF off the bench, are you serious? That is such a trivial and meaningless statement. What a joke of a question. I could care less about that question or the Fakers period. LMAO

  • Jesus Christ, who gives a damn about who will be the first PF off the bench, are you serious? That is such a trivial and meaningless statement. What a joke of a question. I could care less about that question or the Fakers period. LMAO

  • First off bench, if Developing? Then Kobe, should be first off bench. If trying to win the game? Then Randle, should be first off the bench.

  • First off bench, if Developing? Then Kobe, should be first off bench. If trying to win the game? Then Randle, should be first off the bench.

  • id prefer Randle 1st and nance jr 2nd.
    so im not choosing bass or kelly.
    but i respect your opinion cendy.

  • id prefer Randle 1st and nance jr 2nd.
    so im not choosing bass or kelly.
    but i respect your opinion cendy.

  • Talking hoops and just giving overall impressions of players based on your anti laker bias are two different things. Want to talk about Russell being too timid on the high pick and roll? Interested in talking about the weak side spacing in the Princeton system limiting offense rebounds? That’s cool. You just trolling a board saying negative garbage isn’t talking hoops. Go back to your clipper 2015 dleague champ board and let the adults talk real bb.

  • Talking hoops and just giving overall impressions of players based on your anti laker bias are two different things. Want to talk about Russell being too timid on the high pick and roll? Interested in talking about the weak side spacing in the Princeton system limiting offense rebounds? That’s cool. You just trolling a board saying negative garbage isn’t talking hoops. Go back to your clipper 2015 dleague champ board and let the adults talk real bb.

  • theres even a small group of Lakers fans who cant talk basketball.
    so we got stupid trolls,clippers fans and Laker fans who are all haters and post negative comments to everybody on here.
    when one Laker fan attacks another you know they arent here for the team. they have their own opinions and agendas and think everyone in the world is going to see it there way. thats why i always keep an open mind and try to hear the other person out. but some of these fans are low man so watch out. there here trust me…..

  • theres even a small group of Lakers fans who cant talk basketball.
    so we got stupid trolls,clippers fans and Laker fans who are all haters and post negative comments to everybody on here.
    when one Laker fan attacks another you know they arent here for the team. they have their own opinions and agendas and think everyone in the world is going to see it there way. thats why i always keep an open mind and try to hear the other person out. but some of these fans are low man so watch out. there here trust me…..

  • To bad, your hopes and wishes, even if it was XMAS you would not get that wish.

  • To bad, your hopes and wishes, even if it was XMAS you would not get that wish.

  • You make post like this and don’t know where these guys play, or any thing about them, what a waste of the key board

  • You make post like this and don’t know where these guys play, or any thing about them, what a waste of the key board

  • They just signed him this season, you really follow the LAKERS, why are you here ?

  • They just signed him this season, you really follow the LAKERS, why are you here ?

  • A second unit lead by Kobe could be pretty strong. Of course he would never allow that. He wouldn’t be able to take enough shots. I really can’t picture 37 year old kobe defending at the SF position. Those are a lot of the most athletic players in the league.

  • A second unit lead by Kobe could be pretty strong. Of course he would never allow that. He wouldn’t be able to take enough shots. I really can’t picture 37 year old kobe defending at the SF position. Those are a lot of the most athletic players in the league.

  • I have a feeling that the lakers will cut sacre or j brown tomorrow… maybe both.

  • I have a feeling that the lakers will cut sacre or j brown tomorrow… maybe both.

  • It depends on what type of PF the Lakers are facing. But it should be brandon Bass if the game is grimy and dirty. If we playing against a stretch four Kelly will do. Nance Jr is the best of both Bass and Kelly and he can jump out the gym.

  • It depends on what type of PF the Lakers are facing. But it should be brandon Bass if the game is grimy and dirty. If we playing against a stretch four Kelly will do. Nance Jr is the best of both Bass and Kelly and he can jump out the gym.

  • I think Nance is a bit more of a project and at least initially will only play spot min at the 3/4.

  • I think Nance is a bit more of a project and at least initially will only play spot min at the 3/4.

  • Funny, I feel like the Bass and Kelly duo hasn’t been working also, but I think it has been Bass that looks bad. Black and Kelly duo would be better but they need to play Bass to be able to move him. I think he’s definitely going to be moved (too many PF) so not sure if they go Bass/Black or Bass/Kelly.

  • Funny, I feel like the Bass and Kelly duo hasn’t been working also, but I think it has been Bass that looks bad. Black and Kelly duo would be better but they need to play Bass to be able to move him. I think he’s definitely going to be moved (too many PF) so not sure if they go Bass/Black or Bass/Kelly.

  • Bass is on a two year contract, FYI.

    Seriously, what would posses OKC to trade Durant for that? Why don’t they just trade Durant for Kobe? Maybe throw in Westbook. That way we can trade Hibbert for Cousins… Oh, forgot no way Mitch would ok that deal 😉

  • Bass is on a two year contract, FYI.

    Seriously, what would posses OKC to trade Durant for that? Why don’t they just trade Durant for Kobe? Maybe throw in Westbook. That way we can trade Hibbert for Cousins… Oh, forgot no way Mitch would ok that deal 😉

  • Larry Nance should be the one. With Huertas as PG, Nance is the best finisher and better offensive rebounder.

  • Larry Nance should be the one. With Huertas as PG, Nance is the best finisher and better offensive rebounder.

  • With kelly playing better nance hustle and bass vet stability ill say its a good problem to have. I beleive bass comes off the bench but depensing on who we playing and what kind of squad we want on the floor you put in nance if you need defense and rebounding or if you need soneone bunked on or you put in kelly with huertas so he can get wide open looks at the three. I like the way kelly has been aggressive lately too i hope that doesnt stop just because he made the team.

  • With kelly playing better nance hustle and bass vet stability ill say its a good problem to have. I beleive bass comes off the bench but depensing on who we playing and what kind of squad we want on the floor you put in nance if you need defense and rebounding or if you need soneone bunked on or you put in kelly with huertas so he can get wide open looks at the three. I like the way kelly has been aggressive lately too i hope that doesnt stop just because he made the team.

  • Nance is a very intelligent player and his athletic ability is no project. He has that right now. Remember his dad played a lot of years in the nba so he’s been groomed for this a long time. He’s ready ti contribute now.

  • Nance is a very intelligent player and his athletic ability is no project. He has that right now. Remember his dad played a lot of years in the nba so he’s been groomed for this a long time. He’s ready to contribute now.

  • Disagree about Nance. A first round pick isn’t going to the D league. He should get playing time. He plays well when he’s in there.

  • They didn’t sign him, they exercised a team option on his existing contract. If they had “signed” him, he’d be on a new contract.

  • They didn’t “sign” him, they exercised a team option on his existing contract.

    If they had “signed” him, he’d have a new contract or additional years on this contract that were not previously negotiated.

  • I thought KELLYS D was a big improvement over last year his whole game has come around- he is a different player but I put most of that because he is at his real pos. 4 for the last few years he has been forced to play the 3.

  • I thought KELLYS D was a big improvement over last year his whole game has come around- he is a different player but I put most of that because he is at his real pos. 4 for the last few years he has been forced to play the 3.

  • Some of the Twitter comments are laughable. Bass brings energy, toughness, and defense? Come on now-he has no tough bones in his body, if you want energy…go with nance, and defense?? dude is undersized and has average skills

  • Some of the Twitter comments are laughable. Bass brings energy, toughness, and defense? Come on now-he has no tough bones in his body, if you want energy…go with nance, and defense?? dude is undersized and has average skills

  • Yea, the starter is BASS. The entree is KOBE BEEF, and the desert is a mean PEACE of cake.

  • Yea, the starter is BASS. The entree is KOBE BEEF, and the desert is a mean PEACE of cake.

  • Bass should be first as the PF, Black at center, Young at SF, Williams as SG and Huertas as PG. that squad won’t win any awards for defense, but should be able to score well and stay even in the points department.
    Our starters of Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson and Russell should be good with three scorers on the squad.
    Kelly and MWP should also be part of the rotation , Anthony Brown needs time in the D league, and Nance is a rookie and needs to wait his turn. Use him in garbage time in the first part of the season.

  • Bass should be first as the PF, Black at center, Young at SF, Williams as SG and Huertas as PG. that squad won’t win any awards for defense, but should be able to score well and stay even in the points department.
    Our starters of Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson and Russell should be good with three scorers on the squad.
    Kelly and MWP should also be part of the rotation , Anthony Brown needs time in the D league, and Nance is a rookie and needs to wait his turn. Use him in garbage time in the first part of the season.

  • My opinion as to why Bass hasn’t played well is because he’s a true PF. Kelly has played well, because he’s playing his true position at PF. We saw Kelly struggle last year because he was forced to play SF. If you’ve watched the games, Bass tends to stand in the mid range area, while Kelly stands out at the three point line on offense, leaving zero chance of an offensive rebound. I’d rather have Black and Bass, that way Black will stand in the paint looking for rebounds and he plays better defensively than Bass and Kelly. I’d prefer Kelly come in a few minutes a night to stretch the defense, not be the main PF off the bench.

    I don’t know if Bass will be moved or not, to me he’s just a year rental like Boozer, Hill, Lin, etc.

  • My opinion as to why Bass hasn’t played well is because he’s a true PF. Kelly has played well, because he’s playing his true position at PF. We saw Kelly struggle last year because he was forced to play SF. If you’ve watched the games, Bass tends to stand in the mid range area, while Kelly stands out at the three point line on offense, leaving zero chance of an offensive rebound. I’d rather have Black and Bass, that way Black will stand in the paint looking for rebounds and he plays better defensively than Bass and Kelly. I’d prefer Kelly come in a few minutes a night to stretch the defense, not be the main PF off the bench.

    I don’t know if Bass will be moved or not, to me he’s just a year rental like Boozer, Hill, Lin, etc.

  • nance should be #2 pf not bass.
    nance looks like he has alot of potential.
    he may even be a better dunker than blake griffin and he can shoot 3s already meanwhile it took blake how long to even make jumpshots? 5 years? nance jr is already bangin 3s like it aint no thing.
    nance is #2 pf book it. bass 3rd kelly 4th.
    kelly brang too little too late sorry bro.

  • nance should be #2 pf not bass.
    nance looks like he has alot of potential.
    he may even be a better dunker than blake griffin and he can shoot 3s already meanwhile it took blake how long to even make jumpshots? 5 years? nance jr is already bangin 3s like it aint no thing.
    nance is #2 pf book it. bass 3rd kelly 4th.
    kelly brang too little too late sorry bro.

  • Randle should be allowed to be elgible for Rookie of the Year.
    Who else thinks this matter needs to be re-considered at least?
    cmon guys speak up for Randle!!!!!

  • Randle should be allowed to be elgible for Rookie of the Year.
    Who else thinks this matter needs to be re-considered at least?
    cmon guys speak up for Randle!!!!!

  • While that is generally true of top10 first round picks, the latter picks tend to spend the first part of their time in the DLeague, as to give them regular minutes. The first time the Lakers will head into a season with 15 healthy bodies and two can’t play anyway, so why waste the opportunity to give them minutes in the DLeague? Generally only first and second year players can be sent to the DLeague, unless the more veteran players agree to it themselves. That leaves Nance vs A Brown as one who will likely get sent there, and considering there is a log jam at PF and not much of one at SF, Nance seems the most likely. 10 1st round picks were sent to the DLeague at some stage from last year’s draft, even as high as 9th pick Noah Vonleh.

  • While that is generally true of top10 first round picks, the latter picks tend to spend the first part of their time in the DLeague, as to give them regular minutes. The first time the Lakers will head into a season with 15 healthy bodies and two can’t play anyway, so why waste the opportunity to give them minutes in the DLeague? Generally only first and second year players can be sent to the DLeague, unless the more veteran players agree to it themselves. That leaves Nance vs A Brown as one who will likely get sent there, and considering there is a log jam at PF and not much of one at SF, Nance seems the most likely. 10 1st round picks were sent to the DLeague at some stage from last year’s draft, even as high as 9th pick Noah Vonleh.

  • They can dress in whatever they want, they will be inactive and cannot play. One hour before tip off, teams must declare at least two players inactive.

  • They can dress in whatever they want, they will be inactive and cannot play. One hour before tip off, teams must declare at least two players inactive.

  • It’s funny that they compair him to james harden because this is the same way he struggled while westbrook and Durante showed promised harden struggled to find his game and role he was 19 I high buss rate .hope he turns out just as good

  • It’s funny that they compair him to james harden because this is the same way he struggled while westbrook and Durante showed promised harden struggled to find his game and role he was 19 I high buss rate .hope he turns out just as good

  • Here is my rotation

    1st unit (Triangle/princeton)
    C- Hibbert
    PF- Randle
    SG – Bryant/Russel
    SF – Metta
    PG – Clarkson

    2nd Unit (pick and roll or princeton)
    C- Black
    PF- Nance
    SG – Nick Young
    SF -Jabari Brown
    PG – Huertas

    Reserve
    Bass
    Upshaw
    Lou Williams

  • Julius could give minutes as the 3. Bass and Kelly could give minutes at the 5. I haven’t seen much preseason, so I really don’t know enough about Nance yet…can’t wait for Wednesday night!

  • Julius could give minutes as the 3. Bass and Kelly could give minutes at the 5. I haven’t seen much preseason, so I really don’t know enough about Nance yet…can’t wait for Wednesday night!

  • You realize Upshaw is not even on the team, right? If at least one big is injured or traded, he could be back, but don’t hold your breath.

  • You realize Upshaw is not even on the team, right? If at least one big is injured or traded, he could be back, but don’t hold your breath.

  • thanks mate..i saw his potential..good shot blocker…we need him in 4th quarter…the team collapsed at the end of the quarter…need to work on the defense…..sacre would not make it at the end…tested for past year…

  • thanks mate..i saw his potential..good shot blocker…we need him in 4th quarter…the team collapsed at the end of the quarter…need to work on the defense…..sacre would not make it at the end…tested in past year…

  • Upshaw can block shots…but he can’t guard 1v1, doesn’t rotate on defense, isn’t particularly active on the boards and can’t set a screen on offense.

    That last place we want to see him is at the end of a game – unless it’s in the d-league.

  • Upshaw can block shots…but he can’t guard 1v1, doesn’t rotate on defense, isn’t particularly active on the boards and can’t set a screen on offense.

    That last place we want to see him is at the end of a game – unless it’s in the d-league.

  • Brown gone Metta STays Yes.. and Kelly should def be back up .. Larry nice, but i dont get when did teams start starting rookies out of the top 10 in the Draft..?

  • Brown gone Metta STays Yes.. and Kelly should def be back up .. Larry nice, but i dont get when did teams start starting rookies out of the top 10 in the Draft..?

  • D league wouldn’t help Nance one bit. He played 4 years of college. He’s a hustle player and he’s smart and very athletic. He can contribute now. D league is a waste of time for him and the Lakers.

  • D league wouldn’t help Nance one bit. He played 4 years of college. He’s a hustle player and he’s smart and very athletic. He can contribute now. D league is a waste of time for him and the Lakers.

  • I share your enthusiasm for Nance, just LAL are overloaded at PF and I think Nance has a bit of dev to do before being a rotation player. Once his jumper becomes more consistant and he feels more comfortable within the offense he should see serious minutes.

  • I share your enthusiasm for Nance, just LAL are overloaded at PF and I think Nance has a bit of dev to do before being a rotation player. Once his jumper becomes more consistant and he feels more comfortable within the offense he should see serious minutes.

  • Bass signed a two year deal, FYI. I think they signed him to start before Randle and then trade him once Randle looked ready. Maybe Randle has just moved up their timetables.

  • Bass signed a two year deal, FYI. I think they signed him to start before Randle and then trade him once Randle looked ready. Maybe Randle has just moved up their timetables.

  • Off bench, this order, first to last: Randle, Nance, Brown. (how could I have left off “dead-eye” Anthony)

  • Off bench, this order, first to last: Randle, Nance, Brown. (how could I have left off “dead-eye” Anthony)

  • it’s only Kellys third season and he had a solid Rookie season dont do him like that

  • it’s only Kellys third season and he had a solid Rookie season dont do him like that

  • Depends on the matchup, but Nance shows potential..Play him as much as possible to evaluate for the future.

    Metta can bang with most PF’s and Bass is vet. They’ll both handle business.

    Kelly and Black should get minutes here too, but again, it depends on the matchup on any given night.

  • Depends on the matchup, but Nance shows potential..Play him as much as possible to evaluate for the future.

    Metta can bang with most PF’s and Bass is vet. They’ll both handle business.

    Kelly and Black should get minutes here too, but again, it depends on the matchup on any given night.

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