LeBron James: ‘It’s Always Great’ To Share Floor With Austin Reaves

Originally published by LakersNation.com

Austin Reaves was the latest example of the Los Angeles Lakers scouting department doing its homework. The Arkansas native went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft and signed a two-way deal with L.A.

Fast forward, Reaves signed a four-year, $54 million contract this past summer and has cemented himself as an integral piece of the team for years to come. After a busy summer, Reaves struggled to begin the season, which resulted in losing his starting spot.

However, since transitioning to a bench role, Reaves is averaging 16.5 points and 5.2 assists on 49.6% from the field and 37.7% from 3 in his last 10 games. On Sunday in New Orleans, the 25-year-old started the second half due to Rui Hachimura suffering a calf strain and provided much-needed offense, ending the game with 20 points on 7-for-12 from the field.

LeBron James, who was in a good rhythm as well, scoring 34 points on 12-for-24 from the field, spoke highly of Reaves and thinks it’s always great to be out there on the floor together, via Spectrum SportsNet:

“Austin’s great. I like Austin no matter where he is. Obviously, it’s always great to be on the floor with him. No matter if he’s coming off the bench or if he’s starting. I just love being on the floor with him. He makes plays. So it’s always good.”

James and Reaves have built great chemistry with one another in just a few seasons, seeing how well they play off one another. The four-time champion believes in Reaves’ capabilities on the floor with his ability to shot create, spot up at the 3-point line and be able to make the right pass.

Overall, Reaves is a sound basketball player with a high IQ, something that fits tremendously alongside James. While it took injuries for the third-year guard to get run as a starter, he looks to be a lot more comfortable and confident in comparison to early in the season.

For a Lakers team that struggles on the offensive end, Reaves is viewed as the third-best offensive option behind James and Anthony Davis. Last year in the playoffs, Reaves was a great scoring option and if the Lakers want to go far this year, L.A. is going to need him to continue his good offensive rhythm, whether it be starting or off the bench.

‘Super competitor’ Austin Reaves expresses frustration with Lakers’ recent struggles

While Reaves has found himself in a nice rhythm, the Lakers themselves have not since winning the In-Season Tournament. Now with a record of 17-17 entering the new year, the guard shared some frustration about the team’s recent struggles.

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Austin Reaves was the latest example of the Los Angeles Lakers scouting department doing its homework. The Arkansas native went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft and signed a two-way deal with L.A.

Fast forward, Reaves signed a four-year, $54 million contract this past summer and has cemented himself as an integral piece of the team for years to come. After a busy summer, Reaves struggled to begin the season, which resulted in losing his starting spot.

However, since transitioning to a bench role, Reaves is averaging 16.5 points and 5.2 assists on 49.6% from the field and 37.7% from 3 in his last 10 games. On Sunday in New Orleans, the 25-year-old started the second half due to Rui Hachimura suffering a calf strain and provided much-needed offense, ending the game with 20 points on 7-for-12 from the field.

LeBron James, who was in a good rhythm as well, scoring 34 points on 12-for-24 from the field, spoke highly of Reaves and thinks it’s always great to be out there on the floor together, via Spectrum SportsNet:

“Austin’s great. I like Austin no matter where he is. Obviously, it’s always great to be on the floor with him. No matter if he’s coming off the bench or if he’s starting. I just love being on the floor with him. He makes plays. So it’s always good.”

James and Reaves have built great chemistry with one another in just a few seasons, seeing how well they play off one another. The four-time champion believes in Reaves’ capabilities on the floor with his ability to shot create, spot up at the 3-point line and be able to make the right pass.

Overall, Reaves is a sound basketball player with a high IQ, something that fits tremendously alongside James. While it took injuries for the third-year guard to get run as a starter, he looks to be a lot more comfortable and confident in comparison to early in the season.

For a Lakers team that struggles on the offensive end, Reaves is viewed as the third-best offensive option behind James and Anthony Davis. Last year in the playoffs, Reaves was a great scoring option and if the Lakers want to go far this year, L.A. is going to need him to continue his good offensive rhythm, whether it be starting or off the bench.

‘Super competitor’ Austin Reaves expresses frustration with Lakers’ recent struggles

While Reaves has found himself in a nice rhythm, the Lakers themselves have not since winning the In-Season Tournament. Now with a record of 17-17 entering the new year, the guard shared some frustration about the team’s recent struggles.

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