2. We could see Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball share the court a lot this season
The Los Angeles Lakers signing Rajon Rondo to a one-year deal was a smart move. Outside of the lack of three-point shooting, something that has misleadingly been called a weakness for the Lakers, Rondo brings exactly what the Lakers were looking for.
Rondo is the most experienced player on the Lakers outside of LeBron James and is still a great playmaker and a great leader of the second unit. Not only that, Rondo serves as the perfect mentor to Lonzo Ball, who shares a very similar style of play as Rondo did early in his career.
With that relationship in mind, it seemed that Ball and Rondo would almost exclusively be on the court at different times. With Josh Hart, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson at the two guard, there really did not seem like any reason to be on the court at the same time.
However, the two did share some time on the court on Wednesday night and gave a very promising outlook. Ball’s shooting looked much better, which will help him a ton off the ball when Rondo is bringing up the court.
They both are great passers and can make decisions on the fly. Having them on the court at the same time is going to keep the ball moving and keep the defense guessing.
This may not seem like a huge deal but it does mean more quality minutes from Ball or Rondo rather than minutes for Lance Stephenson. As much as we love Lance as a character and as a havoc starter, giving him big minutes in big games this season is not in the team’s best interest.