Player II: Los Angeles Lakers G Austin Reaves
While I do not mean to throw any shade his way, I had to research who Austin Reaves is and why he is getting votes for NBA All-Star honors. And to be brutally honest, after researching him, I am even more confused and disappointed than ever. I cannot bring myself to say that Reaves is a good player because, well, he just isn’t.
He is an adequate rotational shooting guard who has played in 36 games for the Lakers and started just 12 of those contests. In terms of similar performances, he is more at the level of Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid, who has played in 34 games for the Timberwolves and started four of those games. And there is no way that Naz Reid is worthy of NBA All-Star honors.
Reaves is simply riding the crest of the tsunami wave of votes by Los Angeles Lakers fans. How else do you explain a guy who averages 28.9 minutes, 10.8 points, and 3.1 rebounds per game landing with the ninth-most NBA All-Star votes for the NBA Western Conference?
There are players on that LA Lakers roster that certainly warrant NBA All-Star honors, but Austin Reaves is simply not one of them. Is he better than Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards? No how. No way.