Small forward is only question mark

Updated: October 6, 2003, 11:20 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
We know who's starting at point guard. We know who's starting at shooting guard. We know who's starting at power forward. And we know who's starting at center. It's the same guys you keep seeing on your all-star ballot; the same ones you see in commercials; the same ones you'll be applauding in Springfield, Mass., one of these days.

In fact, the only position up for grabs is perhaps the one at which the Lakers are deepest. And the question may not come down to who the best player or best athlete or best shooter is, but rather which one complements his teammates the best, even if that means being the best at not being the best player.

With training camp now in full swing, the only question for the Lakers is which small forward wants most to go along for the ride.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer