New Addition Austin Reaves Confesses What He Finds Most Intriguing About Los Angeles Lakers

Published 09/28/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, February 6, 2021 – Lakers teammates enjoy their pregame ritual before taking on the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers have become regular guests when it comes to the headlines this offseason. After all the criticism that they had to suffer through last season, they are making sure they leave no room for mistakes. They started with pulling off a trade that worried the other teams, which is adding Russell Westbrook to their already spectacular duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. And now, they have filled the 14th roster spot as well, with Austin Reaves. Here’s what their new player likes most about them.

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Austin Reaves lauds the Lakers for this one quality

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The Los Angeles Lakers general manager, Rob Pelinka, had already made it clear that the vacant 14th spot will definitely be filled before training camp begins. And he stood by his words as Austin Reaves prepares to be a permanent player on the roster. In fact, he was a two-way contract player who was supposed to be joining the Lakers any way in camp. But looks like Reaves outdid himself.

As he gets ready to play alongside the big guys, he opened up about what he likes about this team the most. On the ‘Lakers Podcast’, he said, “It’s really the IQ stuff that stands out to me. I feel like we are really going to IQ people to death. The attention to detail, that all the guys have towards the game is special and it’s something that I feel not a lot of teams might not bring to the table.”

“These guys have some of the highest IQs that’s ever played the game. So, that’s really the main thing that stood out to me. Everybody’s IQ running together too… It’s not just one person seeing something. I mean everybody speaks on what they see and really having just all those run together, could create special things.”

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How did this offer become reality?

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Jan 23, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard De’Vion Harmon (11) and guard Austin Reaves (12) celebrate after a score against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma won 75-68. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Reaves gambled on himself which fortunately worked out well for him. He had made it clear that he was not interested in being drafted in the second round so that he can pave a path for himself to a franchise he wants to be with.

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So, after his incredible performance in the Las Vegas Summer League, the Lakers were convinced he was a good fit for them. In fact, he is the only rookie to have nabbed a guaranteed contract since 2019-20. With this move, there are two more empty spots on their roster. This means the Lakers are yet to surprise us even more.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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