Los Angeles Lakers star Austin Reaves came out of the blue and took the league by storm.
It took him a while, but once he established himself as a part of Darvin Ham’s starting lineup, he instantly became a fan favorite because of his hustle, confidence, and relentless work ethic.
That also helped him earn the praise and respect from his colleagues and former teammates, including Dennis Schroder.
That’s why the German point guard went out of his way to dedicate some heartfelt words, stating that beating him in the FIBA Basketball World Cup was actually quite sad to him, as he knew how much it meant for Reaves and how much work he put in (via NBA Central).
This is so dope 🙏
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) September 9, 2023
He also predicted that he’s going to get a max contract in four years when he’s eligible for one.
Reaves just signed a big contract extension with the Lakers, but he most likely could’ve gotten more if he had joined a different team.
Reaves went from being undrafted and joining the team as a two-way player to becoming the starting shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.
He earned his spot on Team USA and was their second-best player behind only Anthony Edwards.
Now, he’s the oddsmakers’ front-runner to win Most Improved Player next season, and he’s not the kind of person who’ll just settle after getting a big payday, as he’s only going to get better.NEXT: Rachel Nichols Shares Her Thoughts On Lakers Signing Christian Wood