Like it not, the G-League is the best place for Lonzo Ball right now.
Lakers rumors have come out that the team should consider sending prized rookie point guard Lonzo Ball to the G-League. For some context, Ball is off to one of the poorest shooting starts to a career in league history, and a lot of that can be attributed perhaps to his shot mechanics.
Nick Wright of Fox Sports hit the nail on the head in a television segment discussing the future of Ball with the team after an awful outing against Philadelphia. It was a game where Joel Embiid dominated for over 40 points, but fellow rookie Ben Simmons looked way ahead of Lonzo if you compared their stats head to head.
Ball had the fewest points of any Lakers players that saw the floor, including their bench, and managed just two points with two assists and five boards to go with it. On the contrary, Simmons dropped 18 points with 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Not to mention the fact that Ball has the eighth most points on the team per game, and is the only starter falling short of cracking double digits. The one good thing that has happened for Ball thus far is the fact that he holds the record for youngest player to record a triple-double.
But stellar performances like that one which came against the Bucks have been few and far between. While it would be humiliating for the Lakers to have to do that to their star guard, it might be what is in their best interest when we look at the big picture.
This situation will also tell us how willing Magic Johnson is to bite the bullet, at least for the moment, before going with the route that solves the issue the quickest way possible. It’s not like Ball would spend an entire season in the G-League, but the demotion would be a serious wake up call for him.
Especially when it comes to the boldness of not wanting to change his shot. At the end of the day, it’s a move that will hurt for now, but will reap much more rewards for Los Angeles from here on out.