Lonzo Ball notches the first triple-double of his NBA Career against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lonzo Ball has been solid overall for a rookie, but he’s been struggling from the field to start his NBA career. As the noise of him becoming a bust got louder with every subpar shooting night, the pressure for him to perform mounted.
Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks Lonzo started the game hot hitting his first two threes and playing aggressively around the basket. Late in the second quarter Ball had recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists, and it was clear from that point on that this was going to be a special night for the rookie.
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Early in the third Lonzo grabbed his ninth rebound so it was just a matter of time until he made his first triple-double official.
With just over 12 minutes to go in the fourth quarter it happened. Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double at 20 years and 15 days old.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, the team struggled mightily in Ball’s best career game.
But just like Ball’s early offensive struggles were no indication that he’d be a bust, one productive game doesn’t mean he’s out of his shooting slump. However, his performance, and especially his efficiency against Milwaukee, should quiet all of his critics or anyone that called him a bust.
He ended the game with 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds to go along with three steals and three blocks.