Is the Lakers’ veteran system undermining the development of young players?
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Is the Lakers’ veteran system undermining the development of young players?

After the NBA ‘s Los Angeles Lakers announced last week that they would trade 26-year-old forward Stanley Johnson and 21-year-old guard Taron Horton-Tucker to the Utah Jazz in exchange for 34-year-old guard veteran Patrick Beverley, the Lakers The 2020 championship lineup is almost disbanded, leaving 37-year-old core veterans LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 3: Talen Horton-Tucker #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on October 3, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

But after the Lakers sent out two young players, many outsiders are speculating whether the Lakers’ decision is correct.

Recently, sports reporters revealed that the 21-year-old Tucker, who was in the 2020 championship lineup, mentioned his plight in the team after being traded, saying that the veterans in the Lakers lineup are the main core of the team, and Tucker is the main core of the team. As young players and veterans, Ke’s cohesion is scattered and the team consciousness is weak, which makes Tucker of the younger generation feel like he is fighting alone.

In addition, because James is the heavyweight leader of the Lakers, this also makes the Lakers pay more attention to veterans, so the playing time of this potential star has been reduced, and Tucker’s development space in the Lakers has become very limited. He only played in 60 games this season and averaged 25.2 minutes, scoring 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1 steal, and 0.5 blocks, and the overall shooting percentage was 41.6%.

Now the Lakers don’t hesitate to send this young champion and Johnson in exchange for the more than 30-year-old veteran Beverley, which shows the Lakers’ love for the veteran. With Tucker’s departure, I believe he will usher in a more positive outlook in the Jazz and shine in the new season.

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