Austin Reaves: The Lakers’ Iron Man of the 2023-24 Season

In the 2023-24 season, many Los Angeles Lakers players got injured, missing games because of sickness or injuries. Austin Reaves, however, was an exception.

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Austin Reaves

He played in all 82 games, showing his durability and skill. Reaves had his best season yet, scoring an average of 15.9 points and making 5.5 assists per game in around 32 minutes of playtime each night. The Lakers celebrated Reaves’ achievement on social media, acknowledging his exceptional season.

Reaves actually played in 83 games, including the In-Season Tournament Final against the Indiana Pacers, which doesn’t count towards the regular season.

Austin Reaves participated in more than 82 games this season

Only three players, including Reaves, participated in more than 82 games this season. These were Obi Toppin of the Indiana Pacers and Buddy Hield, who played 85 games due to the tournament and a mid-season trade.

There was much anticipation surrounding Reaves at the beginning of the season, especially after his impressive performance in the previous postseason and his new contract. Although he didn’t reach All-Star level, he had a strong season in his third year in the league.

Austin Reaves

D’Angelo Russell praised Reaves for his consistent performance throughout the season. Reaves often guarded the opposing team’s best player, making life easier for Lakers coaches and teammates. He proved to be reliable, meeting the team’s demands on both offense and defense.

Now, with the postseason approaching after 83 games, the Lakers rely on Reaves to replicate his previous success and help them advance through the Play-In Tournament.

Since February 2023, Reaves has played in 128 consecutive games for the Lakers, excluding the games he played with Team USA last summer.

Austin Reaves Emphasizes Being a Two-Way Player for the Lakers

Players like Austin Reaves ease the burden on their coach, and Darvin Ham appreciates Reaves’ contributions to the Lakers. Ham commended Reaves for his competitive spirit and dedication to being a two-way player.

Austin Reaves
Austin Reaves

According to Ham, Reaves takes pride in his ability to contribute on both offense and defense. He competes fiercely, making plays to support his teammates, whether it’s through defense, hustle, or sacrifice. Reaves sets a high standard of competitiveness, inspiring his teammates to follow suit.

Despite facing tough matchups, Reaves and his teammate Rui demonstrate resilience and determination without complaint, earning respect for their hard work and commitment to the game.

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