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A Wheeler's Opinion: Lonzo Ball Should Come off the Bench

Given his struggles offensively, Lonzo doesn't deserve to start a game


Fortunately, Lonzo Ball will remain a starter. For now.

Despite not playing, Lonzo Ball in the 4th quarter during the past two games, despite going to Jordan Clarkson for the fourth quarter, one thing is certain for Head Coach Luke Walton: "He's our starting point guard"

Okay. While this basketball pundit on wheels respects the decision of Luke Walton to keep his prized but horribly shooting rookie in the starting five, it's a complete waste of minutes, of possessions, of opportunities. Why? Let's run some comparisons between Lonzo Ball and Jordan Clarkson:


Lonzo Ball

  • 9 points per game- 30% field goal shooting and 23% from the three-point line
  • 6.9 assists per game- leads the team
  • 2.7 turnovers per game- leads the team

Jordan Clarkson

  • 15 points per game- 49% field goal shooting and 38% from the three-point line
  • 2.9 assists per game 
  • 1.9 turnovers per game







Okay, there's no doubt that Lonzo Ball is seasoned to become one of the most exciting playmakers in the league in the coming years. He's currently averaging almost 7 assists per night and he can definitely create more opportunities for his teammates. 

However, you cannot simply rely on your playmaking abilities to lead your team to victories. You need to score more especially when the team needs a basket and none of your teammates are open. Sure, Lonzo Ball exploded for 29 points against a bad team but up to this point, he hasn't shown any sign of consistency especially when it comes to his shooting. 


Conclusion

Luke Walton has already decided to keep Lonzo Ball in the starting five, for now. But if Lonzo Ball does continue to struggle offensively, how many defeats will the Lakers need to face before Coach Walton realizes that yes, Lonzo Ball NEEDS to come off the bench, for now? 

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