1. The 25-year-old could be LAL’s best player on certain nights.
Besides the IQ, what has stood out the most about the 2021 undrafted is his knack for the ball and attention to detail on both sides. You see his edge and will to win, getting in the passing lanes, providing a body for steals, and always providing grit. James has clearly paved the way for Reaves to take the keys to the ship and take the helm when it is needed.
In his eight World Cup contests, Reaves averaged 13.8 points, shooting 56.6 FG% and 50% from three. There were multiple stretches last season where Reaves would record 20 points or more in consecutive matchups. As Darvin Ham and Rob Pelinka have recently stated, the Lakers intend to do their best job managing James on a night-to-night, month-to-month basis. This gives Austin plenty of leeway to run the show for Los Angeles, with or without Davis; the pathway is there for Reaves to be given the keys.
NBA Insider Brandon Scoop B Robinson gave his usual fascinating intel around Reaves’ departure from the FIBA World Cup. The Lakers coaching staff flew out to visit and work with Reaves amid their excitement for his training camp.
“I can’t wait. He’s a freaking monster!” A prominent Laker told Robinson.
Pelinka also had strong words for his star-caliber guard in Ham and his media presser ahead of training camp.
“He uniquely has that sort of Mamba gene, where it’s all about the work,” the Lakers’ GM signaled about Reaves’ growth.
With the leap we witnessed in his all-around skillset during the World Cup, it should not be surprising to people if Reaves becomes a star and takes the Lakers’ reigns.