Winners and losers from the Lakers’ 2021-22 preseason

The Los Angeles Lakers concluded the 2021-22 preseason with a dismaying 0-6 record.

The context varied in every video game as the Lakers needed to shuffle the rotation regularly due to the fact that of injuries or rest allocated to the brand-new star trio in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

However the preseason likewise provides a chance for rotational gamers and fringe gamers to contend for a lineup area or a possibility at being a rotational component with the stars.

Prior to injuries thwarted their preseason, Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker were 2 emerging guards that impressed through 3 video games.

However other gamers couldn’t make the most of the fight for minutes.

Here are some winners and losers for the Lakers after the preseason:

Winner: LeBron James

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James played just 3 video games, and if it wasn’t for his efficiency versus the Sacramento Kings, he may not have actually been a winner.

Versus Sacramento, James dropped an uncomplicated 30 points in 29 minutes on 12-of-20 shooting to go with 6 helps and 6 rebounds.

He entered into a rhythm at the ideal time prior to the routine season starts.

Loser: Wayne Ellington

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The Lakers generated Wayne Ellington to light it up from beyond the arc. He shot 42.2% from deep on over 6 efforts last season in Detroit.

In 4 preseason video games, Ellington shot 25% on 4.0 efforts. His field-goal portion was 28.6% on 5.2 efforts, and he balanced 5.5 points per video game.

Integrate that with his protective restrictions and it was a preseason the veteran need to rapidly put behind him to remain in the rotation.

The shooting needs to occur, however, as he’s become a constant shooter throughout his long profession. He’s still getting used to a brand-new offense and brand-new colleagues.

Winner: Malik Monk

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Malik Monk played the very first 3 video games prior to being dismissed with an injury for the last 3, however he revealed enough to make an area as a winner.

The 23-year-old guard who signed for the veteran minimum is currently beating his agreement. He was the leading scorer for the Lakers in the very first 2 video games with averages of 12.7 points on 47.1% 3-point shooting on 5.7 efforts.

Monk’s capability to use and off the ball might be a consider whether he ends up being a starter.

Loser: Russell Westbrook

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Westbrook recuperated with a strong getaway versus the Kings, however he didn’t play like he normally performs in his very first 3 video games.

He balanced 5.8 turnovers, which was more than his rebounds (5.5) and helps (5.0). He shot 35% total on 10.0 efforts and 60% from the free-throw line on 2.5 efforts.

Westbrook has actually been understood to have sluggish starts with brand-new groups given that he has actually bounced around the last 3 years, so the Lakers need to hope he continues to enhance.

Winner: Austin Reaves

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The undrafted novice currently made head coach Frank Vogel’s trust and appreciation from James. That’s a strengthened winner for this ranking.

Austin Reaves took advantage of the backcourt injuries that took place as more chances opened to show his high IQ on both ends of the flooring.

His shooting varieties of 38.9% total on 6.0 efforts and 34.5% from deep on 4.8 efforts don’t look enticing, however the self-confidence and fast release were on screen. He likewise set up numerous last-second heaves versus the Kings that destroyed his numbers, however there’s a gamer in him. The death and protective rotations stood out.

Loser: Kendrick Nunn

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Kendrick Nunn had some flashes, however he had his battles; an injury likewise set him back towards completion of the preseason.

He shined as a rebounding guard and a secondary developer in specific lineups, however he can definitely do more than he showed.

The 26-year-old guard shot 36.8% total on 9.5 efforts and 27.8% from deep on 4.5 efforts. Those shouldn’t remain over the course of the routine season, like Ellington and others, however it’s not the production Nunn has actually revealed prior to. He needs to still be a crucial member of the rotation due to the fact that of his flexibility.

Winner: Talen Horton-Tucker

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Horton-Tucker’s thumb injury thwarted his last 3 video games, however his very first 3 video games highlighted why the Lakers re-signed him to a large offer.

The shot production, catch-and-shoot 3-point shooting (36.4% on all threes on 3.7 efforts) and usage of his 7-foot wingspan to his benefit on defense were amongst the characteristics that stuck out from his efficiencies.



Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.