The Los Angeles Lakers acquired guard Malik Beasley in a 3-team deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz that saw them trade for Beasley along with Jarred Vanderbilt (you can watch my film study of him here) and the return of a prodigal son, D’Angel Russell.
Beasley brings something everyone knows the team needs — high-level perimeter shooting. For his career, he hits at a 38% clip from distance on nearly six attempts per game. Of course, that skill will be very useful for the Lakers, but he’s also able to do it in multiple ways AND he displayed something during introductory interviews that I didn’t expect at all but could be key for this Lakers team.
I broke it down in this video:
Beasley’s skillset should make an immediate impact with the Lakers on the court, and potentially off of it as well. His shot quality will only get better due to the gravity of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and every Lakers fan will just have to hope he can avoid the dreaded “Lakers shooting curse.”
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.