Frank Vogel’s guard rotation will look very different when the Lakers return to the court next week. In the absence of both Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo, Vogel will have around 45 minutes to reallocate amongst the players on the roster.
The good news, at least in terms of depth, is that Rondo is expected to be back for the postseason. Until then, Vogel will have to fill that time in creative ways, and on this week’s episode of “Lakers, Explained,” a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll, co-hosts Christian Rivas and Harrison Faigen talked about how the team can make up for the loss of Rondo specifically.
There are a few names that can theoretically step up with Rondo sidelined, like Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook and Dion Waiters, but given their skill sets, only a few of them make sense in Rondo’s role with the second unit. In order to go figure out which player best fits in Rondo’s role, Christian and Harrison looked at which lineups have been successful without Rondo, and how each player has fared as the primary ball-handler in the second unit.
They also looked at a few lineups that Rondo did have some success with over the course of the season, and how that could translate to another player doing well in a similar role.
Finally, they wrapped up with their favorite Lakers bubble storylines so far, and a brief discussion of the NBA’s accidental quarantine breaches from a few players on other teams.
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