Ask any Los Angeles Lakers fan what they think of Wenyen Gabriel, and you’d probably hear many laud his effort while calling out his lack of an offensive repertoire; particularly his lack of efficient floor-spacing. During his 87 appearances in purple and gold, Gabriel shot just 27% from beyond the arc.
That doesn’t mean Gabriel didn’t improve on the necessary aspects of his game he needed to, but he’s already coming in with a rough narrative surrounding him. Especially when juxtaposed against Queta, who is on a more development-friendly contract already. Unfortunately for Gabriel, he isn’t eligible for a two-way contract due to his years of service.
Lamar Stevens, as the video embedded above illustrates, understands the assignment this preseason: make himself indispensable, because his Exhibit 9 contract status certainly doesn’t do that for him.
Luckily Stevens understands that. On a roster sporting Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Porzingis, there aren’t a ton of touches going around; but there is a need for role players to provide the little things defensively and on the offensive boards that make role players fan favorites.