Could Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball become the first rookie in NBA history to average a triple double this season?
It’s possible, as Ball is averaging 10.2 points, 8.4 assists, and 8.6 rebounds this year (through five games) and his numbers should improve as the season goes on an he adjusts to playing in the NBA
If he was able to do it, it would be an amazing feat, as only two players in NBA history — Russell Westbrook (who did it last year) and Oscar Robertson — have ever averaged a triple double for a full season.
Lakers’ great and team president Magic Johnson said he is not surprised that his rookie star is flirting with history.
“If he’s getting triple-doubles in the summer league, he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season,” Johnson told ESPN in July as Ball averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds in the Las Vegas Summer League. Just like me, when I got here, there was pressure. I was the No. 1 pick [in 1979]. I didn’t care about that. I am going to play my game. Lonzo is going to play his game. The great ones do.”
Ball, a 6-6 point guard, led the nation in assists last season, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.1 rebounds for UCLA, while guiding the Bruins to a 31-5 record (15-3 Pac-12) and the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16..
Ball was the only freshman named to the All-American First-Team.
“He’s got range that can change the geometry of an offense, he can bend the pace of the game to his own whims, and he makes the game easier for everyone else on the floor,” wrote SI.com’s Andrew Sharp of Ball. “The ceiling is a superstar that the NBA has never really seen before.”
ESPN’s No. 4 ranked recruit in the 2016 high school class, Ball averaged a triple-double of 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists as a senior at Chino Hills (CA).
Ball, along with his brothers, 6-5 junior shooting guard LiAngelo Ball and freshman LaMelo Ball, led USA Today No. 1 ranked Chino Hills to a 35-0 record and the California CIF State Open Division Championship in 2015-16.
He was also named the 2016 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year.
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