The Pelicans re-signed Al-Farouq Aminu, another former Clipper, over the summer. Aminu is an athletic, capable rebounder from his position.
Aminu's backup, Darius Miller, is recovering from a stress fracture (foot). Evans may get significant minutes at small forward (and possibly the start ahead of Aminu). Power forward Ryan Anderson can also play at the three as well.
The Lakers lost the defensive prowess of Metta World Peace but added youth and athleticism with Young and Johnson.
Bryant is also capable of playing the three as needed, when healthy.
Neither team is especially dominant at the three.
Power forward Anthony Davis had a strong rookie season last year. The 2012 top overall pick averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game -- although he missed 18 games with a variety of injuries.
Davis will be better in his second season as he continues to grow into his 20-year-old body.
Anderson is one of the better stretch forwards in the league. The Pelicans also have Arinze Onuaku and Lance Thomas.
The Lakers could use Pau Gasol at the four, but he could end up starting at center.
Gasol struggled with knee problems last season and has spent most of the off-season recovering. He just recently started running basketball drills, according to his Twitter feed.
If he's healthy, Gasol has more experience and a greater array of moves than Davis. Athletically, it's not close, with the Pelicans maintaining the advantage.
Harris has potential as a defender but needs to develop his outside shot. His contract isn't fully guaranteed, which means he'll be fighting Williams, Landry and Henry for one of the team's final spots.
Williams and Landry are also capable of playing power forward in Coach Mike D'Antoni's system.
Power forward is a strength for both teams -- less so for the Lakers if Gasol is starting at the five.