With Avery Bradley opting out for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team will need Alex Caruso to step up in his absence.
As the Los Angeles Lakers get ready for the season to resume, they will be without one of their key players.
Avery Bradley made the decision not to opt-in to playing in Florida, as he is taking precautions for his family. Bradley is one of the key players for the Lakers this season, as he has been a starting point guard for most of the season.
While Bradley isn’t a traditional point guard for the Lakers, he has been a very effective player for them this season. When the Lakers signed Bradley, they knew they were getting a really solid defensive guard that can keep up with some of the elite players at the position.
Bradley has certainly lived up to that this season for the Lakers and his production on both ends of the court will be missed. Since Bradley played a significant role for the Lakers, someone is going to have to replace those minutes.
While Los Angeles will surely add a body before the season resumes, they do have some in-house options to replace what Bradley does. As of now, the most likely option to get some of those minutes is Alex Caruso.
Caruso has been a fan-favorite for the Lakers this season, and good things seem to happen when he is on the court. Like Bradley, Caruso is a great defender, as his length at the guard position helps him guard multiple positions. While they are a different type of defender, both have been good for the Lakers this season.
On the offensive end, Caruso is really good playing off the ball, as he can shoot it from 3-point range efficiently and is great at getting open off cuts near the basket. Also, Caruso seems to have great chemistry with LeBron James. This is important, as James has to trust the guys around him in crunch time during the playoffs.
The loss of Bradley certainly isn’t ideal for Los Angeles. However, it could result in Caruso breaking out for the team when the season resumes.