Lakers’ Frank Vogel says Rajon Rondo’s statistics are ‘measured in swag’
Rajon Rondo has played in his third consecutive game and fourth overall for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, and he has been a welcome addition to the team’s second unit. Although the veteran point guard’s numbers aren’t that impressive so far, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that Rondo’s stats are measured in a different way.
"Rajon’s statistics aren’t measured on the stat sheet, it’s measured in swag," Vogel says. Then @mcten gets us off of swag and back to stats.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 20, 2019
The Lakers re-signed Rondo to a two-year deal in the offseason because they believe he’s still one of the best pure point guards in the league. The 33-year-old guard knows that he isn’t expected to score for the Purple and Gold, but the team wants him to be the leader of the second unit, and that’s something that he has embraced so far.
In four games this season, Rondo has averaged 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.
The Lakers have a lot of reliable guards this season, including Avery Bradley, the one who replaced Rondo in the starting lineup. However, LA is optimistic that they can count on Rondo when the games matter the most.
Prior to last season, Rondo has earned a reputation for raising his game to the next level when his team makes the playoffs. He plays like an All-Star in the offseason, and for the Lakers, that’s what matters. Yes, the team has LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but time and time again, Rondo has proven that he doesn’t need to be the best player on a team for him to make the biggest difference.
Rondo knows his role and he has no problems with it because he knows that he’s one of the most valuiable assets for this Lakers team.