Overview: A talented swingman who is a great compliment to Kobe Bryant due to his shooting ability and strong perimeter defense. Really delivers productive minutes off the bench. Fiery guy who has become somewhat of a crowd favorite. Native of Slovenia. Good size to play any of the perimeter spots in the Triangle offense. Still on the skinny side. Definitely not an elite athlete, but is able to get by on his mixture of hustle, intelligence, and solid explosiveness. Can shoot the ball incredibly effectively from three point range, but has become more adept at scoring from other spots in the triangle offense. Lights out from the stripe. Solid dribbling abilities. Doesnt commit many turnovers, which is a plus for a player that can put in minutes at either guard spot. Nice feel for the game. Plays very solid defensive at his position. Nice complimentary player at this point. Has really found a niche in the Lakers offense, and got paid accordingly. Made a huge and somewhat surprising step up in his contract year, and will need to justify that now moving forward.
Offense: A talented swingman who plays a very efficient offensive game. Gets most of his shots off of spot ups, but will also push the ball in transition and run off of screens to get open. Over 55% of his field goal attempts come from behind the arc. Another 15% or so come from mid-range. Displays a smooth shooting stroke. Will knock down his open threes. One of the best in the league on the catch and shoot. Very solid shooter off the dribble as well. Pretty good finisher at the rim. Very opportunistic. Good ball handler. Takes very good care of the ball. Doesnt telegraph passes. Always looks to get his teammates involved. Ideal complimentary player, since he knows his role and sticks to it. Isnt going to break down the defense and kick the ball out. Will make smart decisions on the perimeter and swing the ball to the open man. Once known as more of a combo guard coming into the league, but developed into almost strictly an off-ball player. Rarely gets all the way to the basket. Doesnt get to the line much.
Defense: A solid defender who makes an effort, but isnt the type of athlete that can shut down an opponent, and suffers from a very poor wingspan (6-5 1/2). Has the size (6-6 ¾ in shoes), smarts and intensity to do a good job for the most part, though. Moves his feet well enough to stay in front of most players. Does a good job making ball handlers change direction despite his lack of ideal lateral quickness. Will get beaten by stronger players when they can get a step on him, but will try his best to recover. Has trouble fighting through screens at times. Very intense defender who really tries to get in his opponents face. Capable rebounder for his position. Does the little things that allow him to maximize his tools.