Along with four-time MVP LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers are brimming with young talent like the 21-year old Svi Mykhailiuk. The Ukranian sweet-shooting forward said that his main priority this upcoming 2018-19 season is to be the best teammate that he can be and help the Lakers become a relevant team in the West again, as per Eurohoops.net.
Regarding his goals for the upcoming season, Mykhailiuk was quite clear. “It’s my first year. I want to help the team in any way I can, whether I play or not. Above all, I want to be a good teammate.”
The 6-foot-8 shooter was a revelation during this year's Summer League. Mykhailiuk also turned heads with his brilliant performance in Ukraine's recent World Cup Qualifier win against Spain. He put up 22 points, 5 steals, and 3 assists as Ukraine pulled off a huge upset against Europe's most celebrated team.
The 2018 47th pick will battle for a consistent spot in coach Luke Walton's rotation of the revamped Lakers team. It won't be easy for Mykhailiuk as he will be competing against the likes of Brandom Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and veteran swingman Lance Stephenson for quality minutes in the small forward position.
But the rookie's outstanding shooting could be his trump card in a team needing a consistent shooter to constantly keep pace with outstanding playmakers in LeBron James and Rajon Rondo.
NBADraft.net provided their take on how Mykhailiuk will show off his wares as a shooter in the league.
“At 6'7.75” in shoes, Svi shot 44% from deep as a Senior, and especially excelled as a spot up shooter. Mykhailiuk also was very good at running the sidelines in break situations and nailing corner 3 pointers. Svi's range goes well beyond the NBA 3 point line, and he projects to be a nearly 6'8” shooting guard with a pure outside stroke.
With a commitment towards consistent work ethic, Mykhailiuk will no doubt be an excellent player in today's pace-and-space offense.