The Lakers have signed former Golden State Warrior and fourth-year winger Juan Toscano-Anderson to a minimum one-year contract as a veteran free agency in hopes he can help build the depth of the wing team.
Of course, Toscano-Anderson brings some pedigree from the Warriors having been around their championship culture, organization, dedication and superstardom. Although his playing time was cut last season, there are still more than enough movies to see why general manager Rob Pelinka and the Lakers brain trust were willing to use a spot on his roster.
Let’s dive in.
The potential to be a top contributor is definitely there as JTA brings a much needed skill set to the team. At a minimum, his elite basketball IQ, effort level, and understanding of what it takes to win a championship will help this Lakers team.
But if all goes well for Toscano-Anderson, he could harness his understanding of how to play alongside superstars and the experience of playing in the most pressured situations to become a consistent two-way player for the team. .
As always, only time will tell if JTA succeeds, but snagging a potentially strong player on a minimum deal is a savvy, low-risk and highly rewarding move for the Lakers.
Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT, holds 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 business3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement skills and fitness workout. Combining his background in biomechanics, movement science and the science of learning, he consults in a variety of sports, including basketball, on movement mechanics and skill building. Brar also trains at UCLAConscious Consciousness Research Center of (MARC and analyzes the Lakers from a skills and medicine perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.