JaVale McGee making it rain from 3 during summer scrimmage
It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers are in dire need of outside shooters — but look no further, JaVale McGee is here to the rescue.
The newly-signed Los Angeles Lakers center was spotted in a scrimmage against other NBA players, taking spot-up and step-back 3-pointers, as well as taking guys off the dribble for inside buckets.
WORK 👷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/LvGftmsuXs
— Javale McGee (@JaValeMcGee) September 12, 2018
The 7-footer has been eager to take these shots in games, and may just have the chance to under new coach Luke Walton, given the rather poor perimeter talent available to them.
Besides a solid marksman in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was re-signed on a one-year deal, the Lakers only count with Kyle Kuzma, Michael Beasley and Josh Hart as reliable shooters from beyond the arc.
Lance Stephenson has been incessantly working on his catch-and-shoot game during this offseason in order to get minutes under Walton, but the team will need much more than just a handful of players capable to shoot the long ball, already boasting two non-shooting point guards in Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo — who are also two awful free-throw shooters.
It’s tough to fathom, but if JaVale McGee can start to stretch defenses from the five-spot, it might just open up the game for LeBron James and company, even if it won’t rival some of the best 3-point shooting teams in the West.