San Antonio can also play Green and Belinelli at three.
The Lakers are a bit of a question mark at small forward. Nick Young is expected to start, adding an athletic scoring punch.
The team hopes Wesley Johnson develops into a lock-down perimeter defender.
The Spurs are in good shape at small forward, better than the Lakers.
Tim Duncan is still one of the top power forwards in the game. Improved health and conditioning has allowed him to contribute at a very high level the last couple of seasons.
If the Lakers go with Pau Gasol at power forward, the two teams are relatively even in the starting lineup.
Jordan Hill would back up Gasol, unless he's starting with Gasol at center.
With Gasol at four, it's essentially a draw between the Lakers and Spurs.
Tiago Splitter is strong role player. Diaw is a little undersized but is one of the better play-making big men in the league.
Duncan also logs significant minutes at center. Bonner, Pendergraph and Baynes can all fill in at five as well.
The Lakers may start Chris Kaman, who is more skilled than Splitter offensively but needs to prove he can be a defensive anchor.
Even if Gasol doesn't start at center, he'll slide over to the position throughout D'Antoni's rotation.
The Lakers also have Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre available at five.Who is Better?
If Bryant recovers well and quickly from the Achilles injury, the Lakers can compete with the Spurs on a given night -- but over 82 games, San Antonio has the better team.
While the Spurs used to be "old," management has done a strong job adding younger pieces to their aging, but potent, core.
It's the combination of Coach Gregg Popovich's system and roster that always seems to keep the Spurs at the top of the West.
The Lakers have a lot of question marks and while they may get to the 45-win range, that won't be enough to catch San Antonio.