When the Lakers drafted Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk with the 47th pick in the 2018 NBA draft, a lot of fans seemed baffled.
Who is Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk?
Well, it didn’t take long for “Svi” to show Lakers nation exactly who he was.
Svi showed up in a big and bad way for the Lakers in Summer League. He played with an effortless swag and his 3-point shot seemed effortless.
And just as quick as he came, Svi was gone.
In what is now considered a puzzling move, the Lakers traded Svi and a 2021 2nd round pick to the Pistons for Reggie Bullock who had a cup of coffee with the Lakers and was gone.
While Svi hasn’t put up the impressive numbers for the Pistons that he did with the Lakers in Summer League, he still looks every bit the prospect that had Lakers fans drooling.
Svi is currently averaging a respectable 8.8PPG in 17.8MPG (As of the time of writing).
You may be wondering. The Los Angeles Lakers are pretty well rounded at the shooting guard and small forward position, why do they need another guy?
Svi adds another 3-point shooter who can spread the floor even more for the likes of AD and LeBron.
Currently, with Alfonzo McKinnie, the Lakers have a guy who is serviceable but can’t really shoot and is a slasher to the rim and a respectable defender.
If the Lakers can get younger and have a guy in Svi who offers more upside then they should absolutely make a move for the upside guy over a player who they settled for simply to get off of JaVale McGee’s contract.
If the Lakers can re-sign Svi for cheap, he gives the Lakers real depth at the small forward and shooting guard position.
Having a mixture of KCP, Wes Matthews, THT, Kyle Kuzma, and Svi all capable of lightening the load for LeBron as the season progresses would be ideal for the purple and gold.