The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t really change the core of their roster, but did add a few new players. Point guard Gabe Vincent is one of them and analysts believe he is a seamless fit with LeBron James.
Vincent is one of the offseason additions for the Lakers. The front office got him in free agency and analysts have great expectations from him.
“Gabe Vincent may not be the most talented player the Lakers added this summer,” wrote Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report on August 20. “On paper, Vincent looks like a seamless fit with LeBron James.”
The Lakers gave Vincent a three-year deal worth $33 million. The veteran shot 33.4% from deep in the 2022-23 NBA season but shot 37.8% in the postseason.
“Vincent for the full mid-level exception is probably a fine bit of business,” wrote Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report on August 2. “But he isn’t likely to start in L.A. And his career numbers suggest that postseason run may be an outlier.”
The Lakers had a few options this offseason and head coach Darvin Ham can definitely work with players the team signed.
“Vincent, meanwhile, already has 44 playoff games under his belt and just played a pivotal … role in the Miami Heat’s climb from the play-in tournament to the championship round,” Buckley added. “Provided Vincent’s outside shooting holds up … he could absolutely swipe the starting point guard gig away from D’Angelo Russell.”
Vincent is more than a seamless fit with LeBron, former teammates know it best
Vincent sure grabs everyone’s attention when he hits the court. He made a big splash in Miami and Bam Adebayo had something to say about his impact.
“Man, when he torched us in the Olympics in the exhibition game against Nigeria,” Adebayo said on June 4. “He came out with that type of energy, that type of ferocity, and that anger. I feel like from there, I was like, ‘He’s one of us.’”
Miami got a decent performance from Vincent. Will he repeat the same performance with the Lakers?
“People severely overestimate what you can get accomplished in a day and they grossly underestimate what you can accomplish in a matter of months, years when nobody’s watching,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said June 4. “I think he’s the epitome of that.”