In the bustling world of NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers stand tall as the most famous team, led by none other than the NBA’s most renowned player, LeBron James. A remarkable 19-time All-Star and four-time league MVP, LeBron James has undoubtedly been the face of the league for a remarkable two decades.
Recently, the Lakers added two promising players, power forward Cole Swider and point guard Scotty Pippen Jr., to their roster through two-way agreements in the 2022-23 season. These signings have further highlighted LeBron James’ unparalleled celebrity status.
Scotty Pippen Jr., a skilled 6’3″ point guard from Vanderbilt, saw limited minutes in just six games with the Los Angeles Lakers. Nevertheless, he left a lasting impression while playing for the Lakers’ NBAGL affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. Averaging an impressive 21.4 points per game with shooting percentages of .469/.300/.771, Pippen also showcased his abilities with 5.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.6 steals each night.
On the other hand, Cole Swider, a 6’9″ power forward hailing from Syracuse, had a different journey in LA. Despite appearing in only seven games with the Lakers, mostly during mop-up minutes, Swider struggled to make a significant impact. However, his true potential emerged in the G League, where he played in 27 contests (19 starts). During these games, Swider showcased his scoring ability, maintaining an impressive stat line of 17.1 points per game with shooting splits of .506/.436/.838. In addition, he contributed with 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.8 steals per night.
As the Lakers continue their journey in the NBA, LeBron James’ leadership and unmatched skills continue to be the driving force behind the team’s success. With the addition of young talents like Cole Swider and Scotty Pippen Jr., the Lakers’ future is looking bright and promising. These two-way signings serve as a testament to the Lakers’ commitment to nurturing young players and providing them with opportunities to shine on both NBA and G-League stages.