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Alex Caruso expected to get more minutes, know Lakers have title chance with LeBron James, Anthony Davis

Alex Caruso, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso got his big break during the 2018-19 season, breaking into the rotation, now boasting a chance to get some playing time in a bolstered roster headlined by LeBron James and newcomer Anthony Davis.

“I’ve been assured an opportunity to get minutes, and I think I complement this team very well, but obviously, nothing is given to you,” Caruso told Richard Croome of The Eagle. “It will be a fun test for me to see how I adjust to playing 82 games. I think I will still be going off of adrenaline.”

The Texas A&M product knows he benefitted from circumstance, as the Lakers were forced to thrust him into a role after Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram went down to injury.

“Yes, 100 percent, if Lonzo [Ball] and [Brandon] Ingram weren’t injured a couple of things wouldn’t have gone my way,” the guard admitted. “If Luke Walton was not my coach, [I might not have got the opportunity]. I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason.”

Caruso has developed into a cult icon in LA, an underdog story many can get behind after showing some real potential as a scorer and as a floor general. After going undrafted in 2016, Caruso averaged 9.2 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds for the Lakers in 25 games last season, contributions that have carved him a spot on the roster and likely a role to come.

Yet the 6-foot-5 guard knows what’s at stake this season is more than some good numbers, but the expectation of winning a title.

“With LeBron James and Anthony Davis, you are going to have a good shot to win,” Caruso said. “If you’re not rebuilding, the goal is to win a championship.”