Lakers sign Gabe Vincent: D
We know it is really easy to get very excited about every single singing the Lakers make. Some fans don’t like to see critical assessments of certain moves as everything has to be viewed through rose-colored glasses.
At the end of the day, the Gabe Vincent signing is the worst of the moves that the Lakers have made so far and is the most likely to be the one the team regrets. That does not mean it is guaranteed to fail but there are reasons to be concerned.
Vincent had a red-hot few weeks in the NBA Playoffs and that is ultimately what led to him getting signed by the Lakers. However, throughout his career, Vincent has been an undersized guard who is fine (but not great) defensively but has such a negative impact on the offensive end.
He has been an extremely streaky shooter throughout his career and his serviceable defense has not made up for his offensive efficiencies. Sure, he got hot in the playoffs but he is still a career 33% three-point shooter.
Maybe Vincent can parlay this strong run in the playoffs into long-term success and that is obviously what every fan wants to see. But there is also a world in which Vincent is like Talan Horton-Tucker was for LA two years ago: an okay defender that was so bad offensively that it hurt the team.
Now let’s get back to praising the moves that the Lakers made, as this truly is the only one worth dissecting in such a critical manner.