To start the 2018-19 NBA season, head coach Luke Walton elected to place Rajon Rondo in the starting lineup over sophomore Lonzo Ball.
Two games into the campaign, Rondo was handed a three-game suspension for his confrontation with Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul that resulted in punches being thrown. In his absence, Ball has cancelled the outside noise and has, for the time being, earned his spot in the Lakers starting lineup.
According to ESPN reports, Lonzo Ball will remain in the starting lineup against the San Antonio Spurs, while Rajon Rondo will come off the bench. In the three games Ball has started, the Lakers have gone 2-1.
This season as a whole, Ball is averaging 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in five games. Meanwhile, Rondo is averaging 13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 10.5 assists in his two games played.
This may be too early of a call to make, but Ball appears much more comfortable in the starting lineup. His statistics have drastically improved, including his often criticized 3-point shot. After shooting 30.5% from deep last season, Ball is currently shooting 40.7% this year.
Prior to the season, The Athletes Hub held a poll in July in which 56% of fans believed Rajon Rondo should be the starter for Los Angeles this season. Has your opinion changed since?
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