With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
One of the glue guys at the end of the bench will be point guard Alex Caruso, who is on a two-way contract with the Lakers. Last season, he spent time with the parent club and the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League.
A 6-foot-5 guard, Caruso has good measurables for the NBA. Although not much of a scorer, he is a facilitator and solid on the defensive end. Known for his hustle, Caruso could impact the roster if Rajon Rondo or Lonzo Ball are forced to miss any games.
Caruso appeared in 37 games during the 2017-18 season for the Lakers. He is a reliable option for the Lakers’ coaching staff, as he is well versed with their system and game plans. The guard’s ability to thrive on the defensive end makes him the perfect candidate for spot minutes. While with the South Bay Lakers, he finished as the runner-up for the G League Defensive Player of the Year Award.
With the Lakers, he posted 3.6 PPG and 2 APG. When he received a significant number of minutes in the season finale against the LA Clippers, Caruso tallied 15 points and seven assists. He also has the athleticism to get to the rim and score. In a G League game last year, Caruso notched 41 points–showing he has the potential to score when relied upon as a go-top option.
Caruso will face meaningful competition during training camp and the preseason, where he will look to make an impact on the roster.
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