With LeBron James and Dennis Schroder both out for the Los Angeles Lakers, the starting point guard duties have fallen to Alex Caruso. The young guard hasn’t started a lot of games over the past couple of seasons as he’s primarily a key role player. That said, he’s been a very important player for the Lakers and has earned his shot to star.

When talking about Caruso, the first thing that comes to mind is his strong defensive ability. However, starting center Andre Drummond believes that the guard is a much better point guard than he’s given credit for.

“Alex is a far better point guard than people give him credit for,” Drummond said Wednesday.

“He’s a very good floor general … Alex has been a great leader for us too. He brings us all in when it comes to the huddles. He’s always in constant communication with everybody on the team. So I think making his job easier will be fun for me.”

Caruso hasn’t been put in the position very often where he needs to be a playmaker. His most valuable minutes have always been when he’s on the court with LeBron. Drummond knows that Caruso has his limitations but he’s committed to working with him so the two can thrive together.