Lakers News: Isaiah Thomas Says Adjusting To Playing With Lonzo Ball Is ‘Easy’
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

One of the bigger talking points after the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Isaiah Thomas in a deadline trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers was whether or not he and rookie Lonzo Ball would be able to play together in the same lineups.

But while Thomas and Ball are both ostensibly point guards in terms of their positional designations, the two are also both very different players of very different sizes, with Ball a larger lead guard who could in theory defend the bigger player in the opposing backcourt.

Due to Ball’s knee injury leading the Lakers to bring him off of the bench, the team has gotten more of a chance to run out that pairing than they might have even thought when they made the trade.

Thomas himself said that he feels like it’s going well so far after Los Angeles’ win over the Atlanta Hawks, as seen on Spectrum SportsNet:

“It’s easy. Like I’ve said, he’s a guy who wants to get others involved. I’m a guy that makes plays and tries score. So we can fit in with each other easy. He’s a very smart basketball player with a lot of talent. It’s easy to play with a guy like that.”

That ease has shown itself in how well lineups featuring Ball and Thomas are faring so far. While the two have only played a relatively small sample of 37 minutes together, lineups with Ball and Thomas have posted an offensive rating of 117.7 defensive rating of 110.8, meaning they’ve outscored opponents at a rate that would equal 6.9 points per 100 possessions.

That would easily be the best mark of any Lakers pairings if it was prorated over the whole season, but Ball and Thomas still have a lot more minutes to play together before getting declared as the team’s next dominant duo.

Furthermore, it should be noted that in addition to the small sample size, the minutes Ball and Thomas have played together have come against the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, two of the worst teams in the league.

Still, if it feels this ‘easy’ for the two to get used to playing alongside each other already and their success continues for the rest of the season, it will be worth asking the question if a score-first point guard like Thomas is the best type of player to make Ball’s life easy moving forward.

For Thomas, he certainly isn’t objecting to potentially re-signing with the Lakers as a free agent this summer.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERS NATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

Lakers Season Report Cards 2011-12 – Darius Morris

Darius Morris, Point Guard Grade: INC. Whenever the Los Angeles Lakers draft…

Lakers News: Luke Walton Outlines What Success Would Mean In Regard To Defending James Harden

The Los Angeles Lakers face one of the toughest individual assignments Saturday night when they take on James Harden and the Houston…

Lakers News: Magic Johnson Tells Howard to “Stop Complaining”

The Los Angeles Lakers are having problems finding their identity, and their…

Lakers News: Las Vegas Summer League Schedule Revealed

With so many young players on the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster there is always a question as to how much they are improving and developing…