2. Alex Caruso needs more minutes
The Lake Show Life staff loves Alex Caruso and if you are a frequent reader of Lake Show Life then you know this. Caruso did get a bit overhyped by the national media because of his meme quality, but he has quietly become one of the best role players in the entire league.
I am serious. In fact, based on how he is playing this year, Caruso is one of the two best three and D players in the entire league and the Los Angeles Lakers have the other top-two three and D player.
Caruso has been stellar this season. He has always been a really good defensive player and he has taken his game up to another level this season. Caruso is averaging 2.2 steals per 36 minutes and has a Defensive Box Plus/Minus of 2.6 with a defensive rating of 102.
Caruso ranks seventh in DBPM among players with at least 200 minutes played this season and is fourth among guards. The only players with a better DPBM are Matisse Thybulle, T.J. McConnell and Ben Simmons.
And we have not even mentioned the fact that he is shooting 56.7% from beyond the arc this season. Granted, he is not a high-volume shooter, but that is still spectacular.
Caruso is currently getting 17.8 minutes per game and I would like to see that number creep more and more towards 25 minutes per game. By the time the playoffs roll around, that is how many minutes Caruso should be playing on the Los Angeles Lakers.