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Lonzo Ball has posted a stat line that hasn't been done for 34 years

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Philadelphia 76ers youngster Ben Simmons has been putting up historic numbers to start his rookie season in the NBA but he isn't the only first-year player doing so. 

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is also filling up the stat sheet in record fashion, especially when it comes to assists and rebounds. 

The 19-year-old is the first player to average nine assists and nine rebounds in his first four NBA games since 1983.

Lonzo entered the league with a reputation as an elite playmaker and has put it on display over the last four games. 

The UCLA product currently ranks fifth in assists behind LeBron James, James Harden, John Wall and Russell Westbrook. 

His dimes have not come as a surprise but his rebounding numbers certainly have. For a point guard to average nine boards per game is hugely impressive. 

But despite these historic figures, Ball's start to life in the NBA hasn't been plain sailing as he's struggled shooting the ball.

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He's currently shooting 31.6 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc. Ball himself recently admitted the Lakers would have a better chance to win more games if he improved his shot.

"It'd be a lot easier to win if I made some shots, but I’m gonna rebound. I’m gonna..defend every time I can and I’m gonna find the open man," he said, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. 

But it says a lot about his ability and attitude that he's finding other ways to contribute to his team and is only focused on helping them win games. 

In his last outing against the Washington Wizards, he shot 2-of-11 and 0-of-5 from three-point range but helped to get his teammates going by dishing out 10 assists in the overtime win. 

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

When your shot isn't falling, it's important to remain engaged in the game in other facets and he's done that well on both ends of the floor so far. 

Despite his shooting woes, head coach Luke Walton is not worried and sees positives in the way he affects games with his all-around play.

“Even when he is missing his shot, he is still impacting the game in such a positive way. We are really happy that we have him on our team,” he said. 

The Lakers take to the floor again tonight when they entertain the Toronto Raptors where Lonzo will square off against another All-Star point guard in Kyle Lowry.

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