Los Angeles Lakers: Three bold predictions for Rajon Rondo next season

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 17: Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Ed Davis #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on April 17, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. 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. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 17: Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Ed Davis #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on April 17, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. 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. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /
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2. Rajon Rondo will have his best ever year from beyond the arc

It is a huge misconception that the Los Angeles Lakers do not have three-point shooting around LeBron James. In fact, the Lakers have a good mixture of shooters around James, all of which are only going to get better with James’ added help on the court.

Josh Hart is primed to flirt with 40 percent from beyond the arc, Kyle Kuzma is a great stretch-four, Brandon Ingram can shoot from three and from mid-range and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a prototypical three and D player.

Not to mention that rookies Moritz Wagner and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk are both very proficient from beyond the arc and will play some sort of role off the bench.

And finally, Rajon Rondo is not as bad beyond the arc as you may think. While Rondo certainly was pretty inefficient from downtown early in his career, he has progressed alongside the league and has made himself a decent three-point shooter.

Rondo still does not take a ton of three-pointers, but over the last three seasons has shot 35.8 percent from the floor.

In comparison, J.R. Smith has shot 38 percent from beyond the arc over the last three seasons.

Rondo, alongside all of the other shooters on the Lakers, is going to join in on the fun and best his personal best 37.6 percent for a single year.