Austin Reaves

Austin Reaves

25-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Lakers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Reaves broke through in his second NBA campaign, providing the Lakers with much-needed shooting and a consistent offensive spark. The Oklahoma product drained 39.8 percent of his three-point attempts and 52.9 percent of his field-goal tries overall while knocking down free throws at an 86.4 percent rate. Reaves averaged 13.0 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 triples per contest, but he shined after the All-Star break, when he posted per-game averages of 17.6 points, 5.5 dimes, 3.1 boards and 1.5 three-pointers. He carried that success into the postseason, averaging 16.9 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 triples while shooting 44.3 percent from deep and serving as the Lakers' most effective offensive option behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis during the team's run to the Western Conference Finals. Reaves was rewarded for his strong play with a four-year, $56 million contract in the offseason, and he should have a chance to prove that last year was not a fluke as a full-time starter moving forward. There has been talk that Los Angeles intends to use Reaves more as a playmaker next season, potentially leading to a boost in his assist and scoring numbers. If he's able to make some strides there while maintaining his excellent shooting percentages, Reaves could provide mid-round fantasy value during the coming campaign. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $38.93 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2023. Contract includes $14.9 million player option for 2026-27.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Austin Reaves was born in May of 1998 in Newark Arkansas and was raised by Nicole Wilkett and Brain Reaves, both of whom played college basketball for Arkansas State University. Reaves attended Cedar Ridge High School in Newark, Arkansas in which he won two straight Class 2A state titles in his first two years. In one high school game against Forrest City High School, Reaves scored 73 points. During his senior season, Reaves led his team to a Class 3A state title, averaging 32.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists and being named a Class 3A All-State selection. Reaves committed to Wichita State and only averaged 4.1 points with them during his freshman season in which he played mostly a reserve role. After the season, Reaves underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. During his sophomore season at Wichita, Reaves was able to increase his averages to 8.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Reaves decided to transfer to the University of Oklahoma for his junior season and sat out a season because of NCAA transfer rules. During the following season, Reaves broke out into a star at Oklahoma as he earned First Team All-Big 12 honors. Reaves averaged 18.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game during his senior season, including a 32 point game against number one ranked Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament round of 32. Reaves signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers after going undrafted in the 2021 NBA draft.

Posts 16 points in loss
GLos Angeles Lakers
February 23, 2024
Reaves totaled 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four assists, two rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Thursday's 128-110 loss to Golden State.
ANALYSIS
The Lakers could have used a bit more production from Reaves, who was expected to have an increased role with LeBron James (ankle) on the sideline. Reaves appeared to suffer a leg injury at one point in the third quarter, but he checked back into the contest following a brief stint on the bench. His status may still warrant a close eye heading into the second leg of a back-to-back set Friday against the Spurs, though Reaves may be in line for more of a supporting role anyway with James expected to return to action.
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How does Austin Reaves compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Turnover %
    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
  • Usage %
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True Shooting %
61.6%
 
Effective Field Goal %
56.6%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
42.8%
 
Free Throw Rate
30.8%
 
Offensive Rebound %
2.5%
 
Defensive Rebound %
11.3%
 
Total Rebound %
7.1%
 
Assist %
24.0%
 
Steal %
1.2%
 
Block %
0.6%
 
Turnover %
10.4%
 
Usage %
20.4%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
29.8
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.0
 
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Coveted by Los Angeles
GLos Angeles Lakers
February 6, 2024
The Lakers are asking for a clear-cut All-Star in exchange for Reaves ahead of Thursday's deadline, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
This means Reaves likely won't be traded, as there aren't currently any clear-cut All-Stars available. Dejounte Murray is considered the best player available for trade, but the Lakers haven't included Reaves in any offers for Atlanta's point guard. Reaves is averaging career highs across the board this season, but his shooting percentages have dropped compared to last year.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Reaves put together a promising rookie season in 2021-22, much to the surprise of many. While he ended well outside the top 250, he stepped things up over the final two months, flirting with 12-team value. Coming into this season, there has been speculation he could enter the starting lineup, although it could be an open competition in camp. While a starting role would open up more playing time, Reaves will likely remain more of a role player than a pivotal piece. Managers in deeper formats could consider him with a last pick, at least until we get word on just where he fits in the rotation.
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Balanced line in victory
GLos Angeles Lakers
February 14, 2024
Reaves notched 15 points (3-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, one block and one steal in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 125-111 victory over Detroit.
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Explodes for 27 points in win
GLos Angeles Lakers
February 10, 2024
Reaves supplied 27 points (10-15 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two rebounds and four assists over 31 minutes during Friday's 139-122 victory over the Pelicans.
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Double-double in Thursday's loss
GLos Angeles Lakers
February 9, 2024
Reaves provided 15 points (6-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, 10 assists and two steals over 36 minutes during Thursday's 114-106 loss to the Nuggets.
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Stays hot in win over Knicks
GLos Angeles Lakers
February 4, 2024
Reaves notched 22 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 39 minutes during Saturday's 113-105 victory over New York.
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Makes career-high seven threes
GLos Angeles Lakers
February 2, 2024
Reaves notched 32 points (10-18 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 5-7 FT), two rebounds and three assists across 35 minutes during Thursday's 114-105 win over the Celtics.
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