Alex Caruso, Guard
Speaking of two-way contracts, 6’6″ point guard Alex Caruso earned the first Laker two-way contract after his contributions to the Summer League team and his continued performance in the preseason. The Texas A&M product will have an opportunity to battle with Tyler Ennis for backup point guard minutes this season while he’s with the Lakers.
Caruso’s play in the Summer League was not the first time he has impressed at the NBA level. He spent last season in the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 assists per game for their minor league team.
He ended up playing a key role for the Lakers this summer when Lonzo Ball went down with an injury. Caruso started the Summer League championship game that the Lakers won, and ensured that the team continued to push the pace of the game despite the loss of Ball.
With Caruso locked into his two-way contract, the Lakers possess a player that adds depth to their organization. He epitomizes the type of style Luke Walton wants his team to play, so having him run the point for South Bay will create a culture of fast-paced play throughout the entire organization.