Austin Reeves is determined to avoid a sophomore slump.
After a surprisingly successful debut campaign that saw the Revs play the sixth-most minutes in the game Lakers Last year (try naming the top five without seeing it, it’s incredibly challenging), the second-year guard has two key areas of improvement in mind for 2022-23.
First, Reeves knows he needs to shoot better from the 3-point line. What he noticed at the beginning of spring And it has been working ever since. As Reeves told Jack Fisher on the “Please Don’t Sum Up” podcastshooting at a higher clip – and consequently winning at a higher clip – is high on his list of goals for the upcoming season.
I want to play the game like last year, you know, give 110% every possession and shoot the ball better and win more games. I mean the important thing is to win. That’s what everybody wants to do. That’s what everyone wants us to do. That’s what we want to do. We want to win every game we play, so everything I can do to help the team win is my best.
Unfortunately, the Revs’ determination to play as hard as possible may have unintended consequences on the jump. As Alex Regella revealed to Silver Screen and Roll earlier this summer.Reeves was shooting an acceptable 39 percent on wide-open threes before the calendar turned to 2022. In the new year, that number dropped to 29.6 percent. The Revs hit a rookie wall in terms of total play, but always with his effort on the court. Getting stronger and improving his conditioning will have a massively positive effect on the Revs’ overall game.
The Revs also shared with Fisher his desire to play more in his second year, admitting that those opportunities will be limited depending on who he plays against.
“I always played the point guard position. And, you know, I’m very honest that when you play on a team like Bron and AD and Russ, you don’t have the ball in your hands, but you want to expand a little bit in that category. Being a little playful with those guys or with the second class.
Expanding his NBA skills while building off his college success is a reasonable goal for Reaves, but the Lakers don’t seem to view Reaves the same way. On the same day that the Revs expressed their desire to play an extra game, The Lakers re-signed Dennis Schroder, another guard with the ball in his hands. in addition, The athletics reported that Reaves was in a shooting guard battle with Lonnie Walker IV.. Also, Marc Stein tweeted that the Lakers view Reaves as a backup at small forward behind LeBron James. Reaves’ desire to play more point guard couldn’t be more strongly suppressed within hours of making that seemingly innocuous statement.
Of course, point guard minutes could open up if the Lakers rip off the Bandaid and finally trade Russell Westbrook, but as it stands now, Revs should play a different role in this iteration of the team.
At least half of the goals are consistent with the front office’s intentions; A shooting percentage that will do wonders for the Revs and Lakers this year.