2. Austin Reaves could complete the Lakers’ big three
The Lakers have been viewed as one of the winners of the 2023 offseason, principally in July’s free-agent market. They have built and transformed the roster for as much compatibility as possible when it comes to being able to manage and relieve James. Gracefully, big thanks to the sprouting of Reaves.
That also helped LA’s shift off of Russell Westbrook, along with the new additions like D’Angelo Russell’s return, Rui Hachimura, and the key intangibles of Jarred Vanderbilt. They added new, interesting ingredients for Reaves and James’ quarterback play to mesh with. Gabe Vincent, Taurean Prince, Cam Reddish, and Christian Wood provide that reassurance for rest, building for the postseason. Those veterans also add tough-shot making when the lights are the brightest.
There will be plenty of opportunity now for Reaves to guide those soldiers and be the leader he has been taught by James.