When it comes to the Lakers, they really only go as far as LeBron James and Anthony Davis take them.
But it doesn't mean that they're the only ones worthy of recognition. In fact, according to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, famous backup guard Alex Caruso deserves to be named to an All-Defensive team this season.
“To do it without skipping a beat on the defensive end where he is an elite defender, and I think it’s worth mentioning that he has to be considered for All-Defensive team with the way that he does everything on that side of the ball,” Vogel said.
“So to see him dominate on the defensive end and take control of our offense and play on both sides just proves his value to us. He’s a big reason we won a championship last year, and he’s going to be huge for us in the playoffs this year.”
Caruso has become somewhat of a meme throughout the NBA community, to the point where he's become a widely recognized name.
And while he isn't necessarily star-material, it's clear that he brings some real value to the Lakers on the basketball court.
As for whether or not he'll make the All-Defensive team, that might be being a bit optimistic.
But, hey, crazier things have happened...