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Lonzo Ball | Guard | #2

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/27/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 190
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (2) / LAK
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Luke Walton said that Lonzo Ball "looked great" at Sunday's practice and implied that Ball may no longer have a minutes limit moving forward.
Ball saw just 19 minutes off the bench in his regular-season debut, but his minutes jumped to the mid-20s on Saturday and he could see that number trend to the 30s over the next week, particularly with Rajon Rondo likely looking at a multi-game suspension for his participation in Saturday night's altercation with Chris Paul. Walton still needs to consult with the medical staff regarding the minutes limit, but Ball is trending up and could retain a starting spot even upon Rondo's return. Oct 21 - 3:50 PM

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Lonzo Ball hit 5-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in Saturday's 124-115 loss to the Rockets.

The biggest news is that Rajon Rondo is likely in line for a multi-game suspension on Sunday and the Lakers play four times next week. Ball is going to likely start for most of the week, if not all of it, and is primed to put up solid production in those games. He also looked really good tonight and shot the ball well, so he should be ready to get it done in Week 2.
Oct 21 - 1:31 AM

Lonzo Ball made 2-of-7 from the field for seven points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

He was primarily the backup to Rajon Rondo and played off the ball much more than last season. There are not many players who lost fantasy upside quite like Ball because of the arrivals of Rondo and LeBron James, Josh Hart looking like the best Lakers guard, and his knee issues since January could be monitored in the early portion of the year. He'll likely trend up, but his owners may want to temper expectations in the early going.
Oct 19 - 1:22 AM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) played in his second preseason game on Friday, scoring eight points with six rebounds, seven assists, and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Warriors.

Ball has been working his way back from a knee injury and looks ready to start the season. We know that he can fill the stat sheet, like he did tonight, but the biggest question will be whether or not he can improve upon his terrible shooting percentages from last season, or if his knees can hold up after near non-stop problems since January. He's battling with Rajon Rondo for the starting point guard spot, which hasn't been settled yet. Overall, Lonzo's worth look in the middle rounds due to his ability to pile up stats across the board.
Oct 13 - 1:44 AM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) made his preseason debut on Wednesday with seven points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists in 23 minutes.

The Lakers have been slowly ramping Lonzo up to full 5-on-5 with contact, and this should clear the way for him to play in the season opener on Oct. 18. He's earned nothing but positive reports during training camp and the preseason, but we'll be closely watching how he fits alongside LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. The biggest question, though, might be whether he can improve his shooting percentages (36.0% FGs, 45.1% FTs last season), which is an obstacle to Ball finishing with higher than mid-roto value.
Oct 11 - 1:35 AM

Lonzo Ball (knee) said he will play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Warriors.

Ball has been a full participant at the last few practices and said his knee is feeling fine, so barring a setback, he'll be making his preseason debut tomorrow night. Rajon Rondo has been starting while Ball has been out, and that trend will likely hold until he's truly up to speed. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed between those two guys, and how Ball fares working off the ball alongside LeBron James.
Oct 9 - 3:40 PM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) was a full participant at Monday's practice.

This is a great sign regarding Ball's status for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Warriors, and we should get more clarification on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. He will have some catching up to do, so there's a chance he begins the year coming off the bench behind Rajon Rondo, but that position battle is far from over.
Oct 8 - 4:04 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) will not play Saturday against the Clippers.

Coach Luke Walton said Ball was close to playing this week, and is now hopeful to play on Wednesday. Many of the Lakers have said they're impressed with how Ball has looked, but the Lakers do not want to bring him back too soon given the litany of knee issues since January. We'll see more Josh Hart, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo in the backcourt.
Oct 6 - 8:24 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) is questionable for Saturday against the Clippers.

He has been a full participant in practice for a week now, but Ball has been out of game action since March. It'll be very interesting to see how he fits in here with the Lakers having major depth on the perimeter, but he there may be enough room for them all with some of the forward depth overflowing into the center minutes.
Oct 5 - 5:25 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Kings.

He is going to be re-evaluated on Thursday and is day-to-day. Ball is getting much closer and he was expected to have a chance to play in his preseason debut, but the Lakers will be cautious after his knee's near-constant issues since January. Josh Hart and Rajon Rondo should handle the PG minutes.
Oct 3 - 5:57 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) could play limited minutes on Thursday.

According to coach Luke Walton, it all depends how he feels. The Lakers have been ruling Ball out early in the previous two games, so his status is improving. With Josh Hart looking great, it'll be a logjam for minutes in the backcourt.
Oct 3 - 3:45 PM

Lonzo Ball (left knee) went through a 4-on-4 scrimmage on Monday.

Ball won't be suiting up for any exhibition games until he gets through a few full practices, but he's certainly moving in the right direction and might be able to make the season opener. With Ball out on Tuesday, Rajon Rondo will earn another start, but he probably won't play much more than 20 minutes.
Oct 1 - 4:23 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) will not play on Sunday against the Nuggets.

LeBron James said he's been impressed that Ball is back so quickly and even joked that he's not even sure he had surgery. Ball is going to have to earn the starting job behind Rajon Rondo, but he has the length to play some shooting guard, too. Given his almost endless knee issues since January, he's still a tough guy to target before 65 in most drafts.
Sep 29 - 4:32 PM

Lonzo Ball practiced fully and went through full-contact portions of practice for the first time on Thursday.

Ball said he felt "no pain" during the workouts. "Today was his first full contact [practice] and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow," said coach Luke Walton. He also mentioned that Ball is doubtful to play in the Lakers preseason opener on Sunday. This is a step in the right direction for Lonzo and his progress will be something to keep an eye on leading up to draft day.
Sep 27 - 4:17 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) did not participate during the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

Ball is still "a few" steps away from being cleared for 5-on-5 work following his July surgery, and while he'll go through the non-contact portions later on Tuesday, the Lakers don't want him participating in two-a-day activities at this point. It's a bit too early to be too worried about this knee issue, but if it lingers into the preseason, there will be cause for concern.
Sep 25 - 3:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Lonzo Ball
3Isaac Bonga
SG1Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
2Josh Hart
3Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
SF1Brandon Ingram
2Lance Stephenson
PF1LeBron James
2Kyle Kuzma
3Michael Beasley
C1JaVale McGee
2Ivica Zubac
3Moritz Wagner