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Frank Vogel thinks Rajon Rondo can model himself after Jason Kidd, become a better 3-point shooter

Lakers, Frank Vogel, Rajon Rondo, Jason Kidd

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel thinks Rajon Rondo can model himself after Jason Kidd and become a better 3-point shooter later in his career.

Rondo is a career 31.5 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Kidd, who is an assistant coach with the Lakers, started becoming a more reliable shooter from deep toward the end of his career on the Dallas Mavericks.

Because stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are going to command so much attention when they put their heads down and drive to the basket, Rajon Rondo and the rest of the perimeter players on the roster have to be ready to knock down open shots.

Rondo has never been an accurate 3-point shooter. Frank Vogel, though, did reveal a few weeks ago that Rondo “has shot the heck out of the basketball from the 3-point line” in offseason workouts. We’ll see if that is the case during the regular season.

Last season for the Lakers, Rondo averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 46 games. The four-time All-Star shot 40.5 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from 3-point range and 63.9 percent from the free-throw line.

With small forward Kyle Kuzma nursing an injury, the Lakers are expected to begin the season with a starting lineup of Rondo, Danny Green, LeBron, Davis and JaVale McGee.