The Lakers NEED To Extend The Contracts Of These Two Players
Anthony Davis has led the way for LA, but Lonnie Walker IV and Austin Reaves have been impressive.
Los Angeles has lost many of its young players over the years in trades for Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. This includes Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart.
The Lakers signed Walker IV with the mid-level exception this offseason. It was well worth it, as he has been one of the best and most consistent players. He is averaging 16.4 points per game while shooting 47.8% from the field and 34.8% from three.
LONNIE AT THE HALFTIME BUZZER‼️🔥— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) November 19, 2022
GREAT finish to that first half 😈 pic.twitter.com/JV4aBXkiWG
Walker IV also plays at a high level on the defensive end of the floor, being one of the Lakers' best two-way players.
The 23-year-old guard should be someone the Lakers should keep around, as he will be an impact player for years to come.
Austin Reaves bumped into some baddies & turned into prime Kobe 😭— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) November 21, 2022
Lakers undefeated since 🤣 pic.twitter.com/rEo4Z9S4yT
Los Angeles also has 24-year-old guard Austin Reaves, who had a solid rookie campaign and is in the midst of a breakout campaign. Reaves has jumped up in almost every statistical category from last season. Last season, he averaged 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, shooting 47.1%, 85.5% from the FT line, and 33.6% from three. He has jumped to 9.8 points, and his shooting percentages have improved impressively to 51.1%, 90.2% from the line, and 40.9% from three.
Stephen Curry— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) November 21, 2022
That’s the list of players currently averaging 50/40/90% (FG, 3PT, FT)
Reaves is another player that plays hard on both ends of the floor. He constantly makes hustle plays, whether it’s grabbing another offensive rebound to give the offense another opportunity or diving for a loose ball.
Reaves and Walker IV have shown that they are key contributors to the Lakers and only getting better. Los Angeles has two young players that they could continue to see develop and blossom.
Securing them long-term would help the Lakers find some stability in their roster, as there has been so much roster turnover over the last few seasons.