The Los Angeles Lakers have started off their preseason quite slow as they have lost their first couple games. That’s not too big of a problem as the preseason is a chance for the team to get in shape, and the young guys to get more in-game experience.
Needless to say there are still good things that came out of those two games. Let’s look at some positive performers from the first two preseason games.
Dwight Howard vs the Warriors
Dwight balled out off the bench against Golden State. In 23 minutes he finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. He really showed that his energy and hustle is still very much valuable.
Rajon Rondo vs the Warriors
Rajon Rondo may not be the all-star he once was but he still can lead a team on the court with his playmaking skills. In 17 minutes he was able to rack up 8 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal. Rondo’s veteran leadership will surely play a big role in the Lakers’ quest for another title.
Talen Horton-Tucker vs the Warriors
Talen Horton-Tucker balled out last year and he got rewarded with a new contract with the Lakers. He showed his continued improvement by tallying 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Look for him to have a huge role off the bench for the Purple & Gold this year.
Malik Monk vs the Suns
One of the newest acquisitions for the Lakers proved his worth in his first preseason game. Malik Monk shot the lights out and got 18 points on 4 out 7 from the three point line and got 3 assists. With great players like LeBron, AD, and Westbrook, Monk’s shooting ability will prove key for the Lakers this season.
Anthony Davis vs the Suns
Anthony Davis looked good in his first preseason game after ending last season with an injury. AD finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. AD’s defensive ability is really one of his strengths when he’s healthy and hopefully he stays healthy and gets a run at his first defensive player of the year award.
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