I’m rolling the dice that Wall physically will hold up for much of the season, in which case he’s a full-service point guard with a fresh lease on his career.
He’ll have a deep roster at his disposal, requiring less of him individually, and if we take him at his word he’s exceedingly hungry for this opportunity.
This boils down to what is more valuable: the higher upside of a former All-Star in Wall, or the know-what-you’re-going-to-get reliability of Beverley.
I’m going with the latter as Beverley’s skill set and attitude should complement the Lakers’ star power perfectly.
He’ll help offset the loss of Malik Monk and his team-high 173 3-pointers last season and the 2021-22 campaign marked Beverley’s first since 2014-15 that he shot below 38% from deep.
Patrick Beverley will have a bigger impact than John Wall as a new guard in Los Angeles