As the Lakers begin training camp, their roster is starting to look more solidified. Outside of a potential Russell Westbrook trade — which may end up going all the way to the trade deadline at this point — all the pieces are starting to fall into place.
Still, one need remains sticking out like the proverbial sore thumb:
Ryan, who spent nearly all of his minutes playing with the team’s G-League affiliates, the Grand Rapid Gold and Maine Celtics, respectively, is a large (6’7) wing, and certainly brings high-level shooting prowess.
Let's go through the film on his shooting ability:
Ryan’s key strength is crystal clear, but — like some of the Lakers’ other developmental projects — the question becomes can become competent enough at his weaknesses to truly see playing time. That’s where the team will be relying heavily on arguably the top player development coach in the league in Phil Handy and newly acquired lead assistant coach Chris Jent.
At the least, it’s a low-risk, medium-reward move for the team that makes sense based on Ryan’s key strengths.
Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, is a youth basketball coach at the U12 level and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training. Combining his background in biomechanics, movement science, and learning science - he consults in a variety of sports including basketball on movement mechanics and skill acquisition. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC and analyzes the Lakers from a skills & medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.