When Lonzo plays 30+ minutes the Lakers are 5-1, with their only loss being a 143-142 defeat by the hands of the Spurs in OT. This you’d think the coaching staff (Luke Walton) would have caught onto by now.
When Lonzo plays Less than 30 minutes the Lakers are 6-7. Yes, they go from being a dominant team to a below average team by playing Lonzo Less.
Additionally, playing Lonzo like this is hurting his confidence and costing the team and him valuable growth. Luke is not the man for the job if he can’t realize what Lonzo posses. After their most recent loss to Orlando Luke Walton said: “I was trying to get Lonzo in the last 13 minutes but KCP was flying around and we were playing well as a unit”. You’re the coach, you don’t have to try and you should also be smart enough especially enter failing to come home with the victory tonight that you have to do better. Most of this is just getting out of your own way, you have a ton of young guys who can ball; don’t get crafty just let them play.
What he has lacked for stretches for the Lakers in offense, mostly due to the way the Lakers are using the young point guard hasn’t seemed to make him the most effective. Except for the fact he is holding opposing point guards to .371% FG% Through 18 Games, that number jumps up to .591% when he is on the bench, and yet Luke Walton still sits last years number 2 overall pick. Lonzo Ball if given 30+ minutes a game consistently could be a DPOY candidate or even a most improved player of the year candidate if given the opportunity to shine properly and not being held back by his own coaching staff.
The worst games by an opposing point guard when Lonzo Ball is on the court.
1-7 Isaiah Canaan
1-7 Dennis Smith Jr.
1-9 Jeff Teague
3-12 Ricky Rubio
4-15 Collin Sexton
5-14 4 TO Forced Jamal Murray
Lonzo Ball May just be the DPOY! 🔥
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