4 Lakers on Thin Ice After JJ Redick's Official Hiring

With J.J. Redick being hired as the next Lakers head coach, these four Los Angeles players have found themselves on the thinnest of ice.
Which Lakers will be on thin ice now that J.J. Redick has been hired?
Which Lakers will be on thin ice now that J.J. Redick has been hired? / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Jalen Hood-Schifino, PG/SG

Drafting in the first round has been foreign territory for the Lakers in recent years. Los Angeles has only drafted one player in Round 1 of the NBA Draft since 2019 and the individual in question is Jalen Hood-Schifino, who was selected 17th overall last year.

Nobody expected the former Indiana guard to dominate the NBA from the start, but it's safe to say that his rookie performance left much to be desired. Suiting up in 21 regular-season contests, Hood-Schifino only averaged 1.6 points, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.4 assists with .222/.133/.600 shooting splits. He only played 10 or more minutes in three of his appearances, showing how far away he is from being NBA-ready.

Hood-Schifino is only 20 years old so, in theory, he has plenty of time to turn things around. At the same time, his age is something that the Lakers might want to capitalize on. They could always pair the second-year PG with a draft pick and someone like Hachimura or Vincent to bring in another legitimate contributor this offseason.

Considering how Redick doesn't have any NBA coaching experience, it might be in Hood-Schifino's best interest to leave town. A more experienced head coach might be better for his development whereas playing under Redick could stunt his growth depending on how the season goes.

At the end of the day, it's better for the Lakers to trade Hood-Schifino soon if they want to avoid his value further declining.

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