Lakers report card: Austin Reaves
Over this week The Los Angeles Times conducted exit evaluations of the Lakers’ roster, player by player. Today’s final group includes a look at guard Austin Reaves’ key stats, contract status, preseason expectations, current reality and what the future holds.
Key stats: One of four rookies in NBA history to have a 30-point, 15-rebound, 10-assist triple-double (along with Oscar Robertston, Jerry West and Blake Griffin).
Contract status: Team option for $1.6 million next season.
The expectation on Oct. 19: Reaves was set to learn on the end of the Lakers’ bench from a group of Hall-of-Fame veterans.
The reality on April 10: Reaves played himself into the Lakers’ future plans, a gritty defender and a playmaker with room to improve.
The future: Reaves will need to work on his strength and spot-up shooting, but there’s a spot in the rotation to be had for the undrafted player — another victory of the Lakers’ scouting department.
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