Entering play on Saturday night, Lonzo Ball had put together a *rough* month of November. Yes, rough even for a 20-year-old rookie. Ball was shooting 22.8% from the field in his five November games, and hadn’t shot at least 27% in a single game. It dragged his field goal percentage down to 29.2%, the second-worst field goal percentage for a rookie through 12 games in the shot-clock era.
Well, Ball had a highly encouraging performance on Saturday night, albeit in a 98-90 Lakers loss to the Bucks.
The point guard scored 19 points (on a very efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field), dished out 13 assists, and 12 rebounds.
That’s a triple-double, and Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to get one (beating LeBron James by four days).
Lonzo Ball’s final line tonight: 19 points (7 of 12 FG’s), 13 assists, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks. Youngest triple-double ever.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 12, 2017
An excellent performance from the rookie, and it’s particularly impressive with how bad he’d looked recently. With Ball’s terrific passing and rebounding skills (for a point guard), these triple-doubles will likely become routine for him eventually.