The Los Angeles Lakers have two new players on their squad that have yet to dawn the purple and gold. Dion Waiters was signed March 6 and was unable to get on the court before the NBA suspended the season, and on Wednesday, the team inked J.R. Smith to a deal.
On Zoom call with L.A. media on Thursday, Anthony Davis was asked about these new additions to the team, including what he's thought of Markieff Morris' contribution since being traded to the Lakers.
“Markieff [Morris] showed he can be a big part of our team. And then, Dion [Waiters] and JR [Smith] are going to help us tremendously as well, with JR’s ability to shoot, and Dion’s ability to score and playmaker,” Davis said of his new teammates. “It’s going to be beneficial for us going to Orlando and giving us a chance to win.”
All three of these additions to the Lakers roster will definitely give this team the firepower they need heading into Orlando as the franchise tries to win a 17th championship. Morris already made an impression in only eight games he played with the team before the shutdown averaging 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game.
As for Waiters and Smith, both players can create their own shot while also being a threat from beyond the arc. It'll be interesting to see how Lakers head coach Frank Vogel decides to use the two newcomers, but one thing is for certain, Los Angeles has many different players that can light up the scoreboard on any given night, which will only improve their chances of lifting the Larry O'Brien Trophy when it is all said and done.