Second-year Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has been sidelined over the past 14 games due to a bone bruise and ankle sprain. He’s not slated to return for at least another week.
With Ball out of action, Los Angeles has struggled to maintain its standing in the Western Conference Playoff race. That really got us thinking about his value to the Lakers. Even more so than basic stats, it seems that Ball continues to be underrated.
Sure that seems a bit ridiculous given how much Ball’s father, LaVar, has hyped him. But a deeper dive into the numbers back up this claim.
Just look at the record: Los Angeles is vastly superior with Ball on the court.
Last year saw a rebuilding Lakers team post a 11-19 record in the 30 games Ball was sidelined. The team was 24-28 when he played. This isn’t a coindence.
The numbers have been even more ridiculous in 2018-19. Los Angeles is 5-9 in the 14 games he’s missed. Meanwhile, it has put up a 25-22 record in his 47 games.