Steve Kerr, the head coach of Team USA, has been thoroughly impressed by Austin Reaves’ performance during his time with the team. Reports suggest that Kerr is considering the possibility of promoting Reaves to the starting lineup.
“He fits in wherever we put him; that’s the beauty of Austin. He’s a connector. He’s a hell of a basketball player. He’s physical, shoots, and passes it. Just so poised out there all the time. He’s a guy who enhances any lineup that he plays with,” Kerr said.
A Possible Starting Lineup Spot for Reaves
For those who have closely observed Reaves over the past couple of seasons, it is not surprising that Kerr is so impressed with the guard’s abilities. Austin embodies the qualities typically associated with a Steve Kerr-type player: a versatile guard with a high basketball IQ, marked by a focused and composed style of play. It is therefore understandable why Reaves was among the first players to receive playing time off the bench in Team USA’s initial exhibition game against Puerto Rico on Sunday.
“Just feel, vision, awareness, and understanding of the game,” Kerr added about Reaves. “The ball just goes to the right spot, the right cut is made. Austin made a play yesterday where he made a drive and kick; he was kind of behind the defense, and he worked completely behind the defense, flashed kind of in the middle of the paint, caught it, and swung it through. He had feel; you have to have awareness to make a play like that. So connectors are guys who make those types of plays, and the game just makes sense, and you end up getting open shots.”
Continued Success for Reaves during an Exceptional Summer
The future looks incredibly promising for Reaves, who has only begun to tap into his potential. Having solidified his position by signing a long-term contract with the Lakers and establishing himself as a key player for the team’s future, Reaves’ next step is to make the third-year leap that the Lakers require from him.