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Lonzo Ball is the Lakers’ Most Valuable Player

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The Los Angeles Lakers suck right now. There’s really no other way to say it. The secret is out, and depending on who you ask, but the Lakers have been on a terrible losing streak lately, and the past four games have been just as a bad with rookie Lonzo Ball sidelined due to a left shoulder injury.

Now before you ridicule me, yes, the Lakers were losing before Lonzo’s injury, but in much impressive fashion and one that gave Laker fans a glimpse of what to expect for the rest of the season and seasons to come. However, I’m not one for moral victories, but if you’ve been watching Lonzo’s last six games — in which he’s averaged 16.0 PPG, 7.2 APG, 7.3 RPG, on 44% shooting —  you get the point.

On the flip side, if you’ve watched the games in which he’s been away, the Lakers have backtracked to a team that appears lost without a leader. The exciting uptempo pace that Luke Walton desires to play has been reduced to that of a snail in comparison. To put it in perspective — for those of y’all who like analytics — the Lakers lead the NBA in pace at 103.9 per game. In Lonzo’s absence, the Lakers have slowed to a lowly 95.1 rating.

While Lonzo has been criticized for his quick passing in the half court, the unselfishness in which he plays seemed to have left with him as his teammates (save for this last game of 31 assist) have resorted to one-on-one play — thus alienating Walton’s ball sharing methodology.

The good thing in this is that while it seems bleak, Lonzo is expected to return after the Lakers’ road trip. I personally don’t expect this team to fare well at all while he’s off the court, but I do expect Lonzo to come back and give a huge jolt of energy and belief in a team desperate for answers as they figure out their identity as a team and organization before the All-Star break.

The Big Baller Brand poster child has been scrutinized beyond comprehension, and now even his detractors have to take notice of how poorly his team is playing without him. Who would have thought at this early in the season the once thought to be “bust” is the most important player the Lakers have.

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