There’s been a lot of discussions this offseason on who will fill out the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup after the inevitable spots are given to LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Danny Green. Will Kyle Kuzma start? Will JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard helm the five position? Those two questions don’t even address the point guard position, where Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, and possibly even LeBron James will be trying to start.
There’s many different aspects to who starts at the position, but Anthony Davis may have given his vote as to who he wants there in a recent profile piece by Peter Flax/Red Bull, saying this:
“I’ve got Rondo back as my point guard — he’s a guy I can count on to get the ball in my sweet spot.”
For the majority of Lakers fans, that quote may make them shutter.
Rajon Rondo had an up-and-down 2018-19 season with the Lakers, with probably more “downs” than “ups”. He continued his recent years of terrible defense, ranking 76th out of 100 point guards in Defensive Real Plus/Minus. His negative impact was seen in his on/off-court numbers, as the Lakers had a 1.9 Net Rating with him off the court and a -8.6 Net Rating with him on. On top of the poor play, he also seemingly had a bad attitude at points of the season, sometimes sitting away from the team with the fans in bad losses.
Davis’ words regarding Rondo aren’t very surprising. You have to imagine that Davis’ love for Rondo from their Pelicans days had at least something to do with the Lakers bringing Rondo back. If that’s true, Davis might impose his opinion on Frank Vogel’s future starting lineup, especially as the Lakers try to impress Davis as much as they can with the goal of signing him for as long as possible.