Austin Reeves says it’s “always a goal” to be a starting player, especially for the Lakers

Austin Reeves is the most optimistic Lakers Fans’ wildest dreams last year by making the team an unbelievable rookie, breaking the rotation in Game Two of the season, then leading the Lakers in the net rankings among players who fit in at least 20 contests.

Simply maintaining his first season level in Year 2 would be a successful outcome for a player with Draft Reaves status. But Reeves didn’t make it to the league from a nameless town in Arkansas by setting low expectations, and that will continue into his second season. In an interview with Shams Al-Shaaraniya for the stadiumReeves shared that one of his goals is to be a starter for the 2022-23 Lakers.

“It’s always, I mean, a goal to be in the starting lineup, but no matter what role they want to give me, I’d be happy to do it and try to do it to the best of my ability. But you know it’s always starting, especially with the Laker with the guys we have, It’s great. But I mean at the end of the day, I just want to win, and accept whatever role they want me to play.”

Reeves started 19 of the 61 games he played last season, all of which come after the All-Star break, but there’s a new coaching staff and a better guard room for the Lakers this time around. Instead of competing for minutes against the likes of Kent Bazemore, Avery Bradley, Wayne Ellington and DJ Augustin, the Reaves will have to beat Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn (hopefully) and Lonnie Walker IV for a job at the start of the 2022-23 Lakers season – on the grounds that Russell Westbrook will still be the starting point guard, as he was a year ago.

Even if Reaves improved his performance as a rookie, It becomes more accurate especially from the 3-point range، Head coach, Darvin Hamm, has expressed some excitement about the Reaves’ outlook during off-season training.

Reaves may also find himself in a tougher fight minutes off the bench. Last year, he’s spent about half of his minutes shooting and the other half as a junior striker. The team’s frontal injuries meant that many players had to play in a position, which notably included LeBron James who played in the center for long minutes. Ideally, if the Lakers were healthier this year, the front court minutes would be occupied by the actual big players, leaving the small minutes forward for LeBron and other wing-size players, and probably not many players left for the Reaves, who have more physical features than two -Protect.

But it is justified that Reeves belongs in the starting line-up discussion, given the way he moves the ball, the energy he brings onto the field, and the fact that he is the only one of the aforementioned goalkeepers to have played with LeBron and Anthony Davis. Entering a decade, Reaves is absolutely right to defend for as many minutes as possible in the most advantageous situations (for example, alongside both Lakers superstars).

Reaves are not a novelty anymore. surely, He may hit his head a lot during training And the Make some meme faces while talking through defensive maneuvers with LeBron, but he is a talented and reliable goalkeeper and has already managed to serve the Lakers in clutch positions. Whether or not the ocean circulation changed prior to bootcamp, Reaves’ current working group makes a strong case for a wide-ranging role, as a starter or reserve.

And if those extra minutes on the floor bring more viral moments for the Reaves, that’s a win-win for everyone.

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