Anybody that shoots almost 40% from distance for an entire year is going to look really good. The problem is that he was a horrible shooter in college and in his first season at Boston. This year, he’s shooting 33% from deep and 45% on field goals.

Ingram (his closest comp, in terms of role) showed his versatility by coming up big on defense and adding 7 assists, even though he had a bad shooting night (he had a +/- rating of +18, the best of the Lakers starters). The previous four games, he averaged 21.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, and only 1.7 topg, while shooting 59% on field goals. His whole problem is when he goes into iso and starts dribbling for 10 seconds. If he just makes a decision to either drive, shoot or pass, he is incredibly valuable.

I guess the only way people will change their minds is if the Lakers young core does well in a playoff series.

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