The Los Angeles Lakers have felt the sting of losing Alex Caruso all season, but the silver lining is that it has helped enable the rise of Austin Reaves. The two have quite a bit in common as players. Both went undrafted out of college. Both landed with the Lakers. Both thrived as a player alongside more famous teammates. Caruso was renowned as a plus-minus superstar in Los Angeles, and thus far this season, Reaves has the best net rating on the Lakers at plus-8.2.
But Caruso sees one difference between the two. In an interview with HoopsHype's Bryan Kalbrosky, he revealed that Reaves is more advanced at this point in his career than he was. "He's a lot farther along than I was during my first year in the league," Caruso said. "I think we have the same mindset of getting better and working hard. Hopefully, he can stick around."