Los Angeles Lakers: 3 reasons why signing Dion Waiters helps

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3. He can create his own shot

One of the most underrated parts of basketball is a player’s ability to create their own shot. Every offense in basketball will struggle at times, it doesn’t matter how good your team is. The Golden State Warriors went 73-9 in the 2015-16 season and still struggled in games.

When that happens, it is very integral to have players that can create for themselves. Waiters provides just that, as he can create offense on his own and also set others up in the process. He possesses a very explosive first step and has shown the ability to knock jumpers down.

This would be a welcome addition to a bench that currently doesn’t have anyone who can create. In fact, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the only ones on the roster who can get their own shot whenever they want. Even Kyle Kuzma has struggled mightily at times when tasked with that ability.

Waiters has experience running the second unit for the Oklahoma City Thunder and closing games. He can do both and doesn’t need to be in the starting lineup to get going. He also has started many games in his career so he can fill in when needed.

He provides that versatility for a team, one that has struggled with LeBron on the bench. Getting someone like Waiters could open up the second unit and he could get some minutes with AD to play a little two-man ball.