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.
Not only did the Lakers sign future Hall of Famer LeBron James to a long-term deal, the organization has a slew of rising young players coming through the ranks. That is no more evident than with sophomore guard Josh Hart.
Hart, who received an uptick in minutes as the 2017-18 season progressed, should provide LeBron with a valuable wingman coming off the bench. Hart has developed his three-point shot, and he’s a reliable defender and rebounder. In a competitive Western Conference loaded with skilled perimeter players, Hart’s versatility should see him emerge as a Sixth Man of the Year type player.
After becoming a revelation for Luke Walton last season, Hart continued to showcase his maturation by winning the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League MVP Award. Hart averaged 24.2 PPG and displayed a smooth three-point shot. During his rookie season, Hart tallied 7.9 PPG and 4.2 RPG, while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Even though the Lakers have a stacked roster with players featuring similar skill sets, Magic Johnson was impressed with what he saw. “He’s playing unbelievable in Las Vegas,” Johnson told the LA Times over the summer. “Some guys better watch out because he’s pushing to start."
The Lakers’ roster features a plethora of playmakers, so Hart’s ability to catch and shoot should serve him well–and keep him on the floor in a supporting role.
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