Los Angeles Lakers undrafted rookie Austin Reaves has been sensational for the team, though he doesn’t always shine on the box score.
However, he has stood out in the last two games, especially in the scorers column. Reaves has always been known for achieving the little things on the pitch when playing alongside the stars: boxing, spinning, passing the right passes, and more.
But he scored a career-high 16 points against the Memphis Grizzlies after triggering a comeback in the fourth quarter, and he followed it from a 19-point outing against the Sacramento Kings on effective shooting counts.
Reaves played a bigger role throughout the game against Sacramento instead of lost time minutes against Memphis, and he shot 7 of 10 overall and 4 of 7 deep. He converted catch-and-shoot looks, researched his own shots, and made some timely cuts to the rim as well.
After the game, LeBron James analyzed what he saw of the 23-year-old wing.
“He doesn’t make mistakes,” James said. “We’re not looking for him to score a lot, but he’s able to do it and it’s definitely a huge bonus, especially on our bench – especially tonight without ‘Melo (Anthony). So we knew we had to punch the bench, and he was on time and on target every time we found him.
Reaves wasn’t expected to be in the rotation so early in his career, but the Lakers are certainly lucky they found him outside the draft. The Lakers need to continue to find ways to give him more minutes as Reaves is just making winning plays on both sides of the ball.
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