Michael Beasley thinks Lakers can average 30 assists per game
The Los Angeles Lakers have put a roster together based on the collective youth accumulated through the NBA Draft and loose pieces on one-year contracts to surround their glorified signing, LeBron James, with working pieces.
Veteran forward Michael Beasley was one of them, and while he currently understands the skepticism surrounding the roster, he does expect it to be a whole lot of fun, according to Leo Sepkowitz of Bleacher Report.
“I don’t know for sure because we haven’t gotten together yet, but first thoughts: Running and spacing the floor will be so fun this year,” said Beasley. “It’s rare you play with three guys who average seven-plus assists, and we have it. For us to average 30 assists per game this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get somewhere around that number.”
Averaging 30 assists per game is a feat in itself, as it would have led the league last season, leapfrogging the defending champion Golden State Warriors, who averaged 29.3 per game — 2.2 assists more than the second-place Philadelphia 76ers.
The Lakers ranked seventh in the league with 23.8 per game, but this time around, they will have two other elite playmakers in James and Rajon Rondo, along with willing passers like Lance Stephenson and Brandon Ingram — something that has kept Beasley excited about this upcoming season with his new team.
“I love it. I love the game when everyone plays the right way. Not just LeBron and Rondo,” said Beasley. “We got Lonzo [Ball], who loves to get everybody involved. Lance—when he’s focused, Lance is one of the best playmakers in the game. We just gotta get together and play basketball, learn each other out and work hard.”
Beasley has developed into a much more efficient scorer over the last few seasons and is likely chomping at the bit to play alongside his new teammates, hoping they will get him great looks for him to cash in.
The 29-year-old lefty canned 39.5 percent of his shots from deep last season with the New York Knicks after connecting on a career-high 41.9 percent from beyond the arc in 2016-17 for the Milwaukee Bucks.