Russell Westbrook is now a Los Angeles Laker and with him comes his shooting woes. The former MVP does a lot of things well but shooting is not one of them. He’s a career 30.1% shooter from three and only hits 43.7% from the field overall.
Considering LeBron James and Anthony Davis are good, not great shooters, the Lakers have a lot of work to do in free agency. The team needs to surround its three stars with strong shooters if they hope to make things work. As fortune would have it, there are a number of talented shooters set to hit the free-agent market. Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report named three players who could be solid fits in Los Angeles.
“The Lakers need to add shooting, which is why they were chasing Hield,” Pincus wrote. “That need only grew with the Westbrook deal. Look for the franchise to pursue shooters in free agency like JJ Redick, Wayne Ellington or former Lakers draft pick Svi Mykhailiuk.”
Shooting woes aren’t anything new for the Lakers. The team’s 35.4% from beyond the arc last season was 21st in the NBA. Wayne Ellington was one of the names commonly mentioned as a possible target for Los Angeles. He was with the team during the 2014-2015 season and the Lakers would be wise to give him another shot. He’s a career 38.2% shooter from three but is coming off a season in which he made 42.2% off his attempts. He’s also aggressive as he shot six threes a game last season.