Holders of great ambitions for next year, the Lakers have so far not really transcribed them in their moves this offseason. A discreet rookie could, however, bring a big plus to the workforce… and metamorphose from time to time into Stephen Curry!
As at the start of every summer, fans have high hopes for the changes made to the roster. The Lakers Nation could really only cling to this, after the disastrous campaign delivered in recent months by his team. However, nearly four months after the start of their offseason, the Angelinos do not have a very good record in terms of transfers and signings.
Still awaiting favorable developments in the Kyrie Irving case, the LA front office has so far been content with second-rate reinforcements on the market. Only Troy Brown Jr., Thomas Bryant, Damian Jones, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Lonnie Walker IV landed in the City of Angels as free agents, which didn’t necessarily fire fans. Nevertheless, some of these players could quickly surprise more than one.
The viral video of neo-Laker Thomas Bryant at 3 points
Instead of seeking to repeat the mistakes of the past, and attract renowned veterans in decline, the Lakers have so far relied on youth in their recruitment. Thomas Bryant is part of this process, he who has just celebrated his 25th birthday. In addition to his freshness and his energy, the former pivot of the Wizards will be able to offer Purple & Gold a welcome address from afar, as he showed during a recent workout at UCLA!
Thomas Bryant locking in with his outside stroke pic.twitter.com/DCzHKXUb2c
—Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 2, 2022
Very handicapped by injuries in recent years, Bryant will above all have to prove that he can fit in Darvin Ham’s rotation for a long time. If he succeeds, he will then be able to make the 3-point powder speak, as he has already done in the past in Washington. Despite a relatively small sample, he has already signed two seasons at more than 40% behind the arc, all with more than 2 or more attempts per game.
This quality, which is still rare in a pivot, will certainly not be negligible for LeBron James & Co., who struggled last year from the parking lot (34.7%, 22nd best percentage in the league). Thanks to her, Anthony Davis could also refocus on the inside and mid-range game, which was his strength at the start of his career for so long!
Returning in relative anonymity to Los Angeles, Thomas Bryant will seek above all to escape injuries, and thus offer a job profile 5 shooter which the franchise did not have in recent years. Enough to make a possible nice shot!