Lakers’ Rajon Rondo upgraded to probable vs. Suns
The Lakers have upgraded Rondo from questionable to probable:
Officially, Rajon Rondo’s status for tonight’s game in Phoenix has been upgraded to “probable,” and Troy Daniels is “questionable.” This would be Rondo’s season debut; the area where he could help the most is running the second unit offense, helping get good looks for teammates.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 12, 2019
Rondo hasn’t played this season due to a calf injury. The Lakers are 7-2 on the season entering Tuesday.
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.
Rondo is a more traditional point guard than star LeBron James and already has a strong rapport with big man Anthony Davis. The two were teammates during the 2017-18 season on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Besides being an elite floor general, Rondo will have to make open jumpers for the Lakers this season when he’s ready to play. Because James and Davis command so much attention when they put their heads down and drive to the basket, Rondo and the rest of the perimeter players on the team have to be ready to knock down open shots.
Rondo is a career 31.5 percent shooter from the 3-point line. Head coach Frank Vogel did reveal last month that Rondo “shot the heck out of the basketball from the 3-point line” in offseason workouts, and the veteran has improved his shooting in recent years.
We’ll see if that is the case this season.