The Los Angeles Lakers have recently acquired Russell Westbrook to fill their void at point guard and to add star power to the roster. He'll certainly be a great addition: Russell Westbrook is a triple-double machine, and he will be a capable second ballhandler behind LeBron James. Russell Westbrook can also score well when necessary, though with two other superstars on his team the scoring load on him is surely lessened.
However, while Russell Westbrook brings a lot of positives to the team, one of the areas that he doesn't help them improve in is 3PT shooting. The Lakers shot 34.9% from 3PT range last year, only 23rd in the league. Adding Russell Westbrook does nothing to change that, as he is certainly not the best shooter.
To make the best of the playmaking of Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will need to add some 3PT shooters around their roster. Adding outside sharpshooters around super-talented playmakers has always been a good formula, and that is the case for Westbrook as well. It is likely that Russell Westbrook could score and run the offense when LeBron James is off the court, and create opportunities for floor spacers. Here are the best 3PT shooters who the Los Angeles Lakers could potentially add to their roster.
7. JJ Redick
2020-21 Stats: 7.4 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 39.7 FG%, 37.1 3PT%
JJ Redick has always had a reputation as a good long-distance shooter. The 2020-21 season hasn't been the best for JJ Redick, and he struggled with injury during his time with the Dallas Mavericks after his acquisition from the New Orleans Pelicans. However, during the 2019-20 season, Redick averaged 15.3 PPG, while shooting 45.3% from beyond the arc.
The Los Angeles Lakers could acquire JJ Redick in the hopes that he will bounce back from his down season. Even if Redick doesn't get back to his prior levels, he is still a player who will always be able to shoot, and as an older veteran, he'd be a great addition to the team.
6. Wayne Ellington
2020-21 Stats: 9.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 44.1 FG%, 42.2 3PT%
The Detroit Pistons may have been tanking this season, but they do have some solid players on their roster. Wayne Ellington is one of them as he has shown to be a capable spot-up shooter, and his percentages would back that up.
Wayne Ellington would be a perfect piece as a late bench player, and he can consistently knock down open threes. There is no question that he would get a lot of open looks off of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and he would be a great addition on a veteran minimum contract.
5. Danny Green
2020-21 Stats: 9.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.2 FG%, 40.5 3PT%
Danny Green brought the crucial veteran and championship experience that the Philadelphia 76ers needed this season. While they fell short of their goal to win a title, it is clear that Danny Green was a key contributor on the 76ers with his defensive prowess and shooting ability.
On the defensive end, Green has the size to comfortably switch 2 through 4, and while he can be inconsistent at times with his shooting, finding a wing who can contribute on both ends in free agency isn't easy. Danny Green was notably part of a championship-winning squad with LeBron James during the 2019-20 season, and perhaps they could reunite on the Lakers and chase a title once again.