Lonzo Ball hasn't had a great start to his NBA career, and his performance against the Washington Wizards on Thursday night didn't help his cause. In fact, it's put him in the NBA record books for the wrong reasons.
Ball couldn't help his Lakers much against the Wizards last night at the Capital One Arena, as he finished 3-for-12 on field-goal tries, 1-of-7 from 3-point range, and 3-of-7 from the charity stripe. He ended up with a stat line of 10 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
The rookie has been very ineffective when it comes to shooting the ball in the 12 games he has played in his NBA career so far, and because of it, he is in the record books for all the wrong reasons.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, only one other player in NBA history during the shot-clock era has shot more poorly than the 20-year-old in the first 12 game of his career, that player is Wayne Hightower when he played for the San Francisco Warriors during the 1962-63 season.
Although his average numbers on the season so far show he's coming close to averaging a triple-double per game with 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game, those numbers mean nothing if he is unable to covert his shots for the Lakers on a consistent basis.
Ball’s teammate, Brandon Ingram, believes he knows what the point guard needs to do in order to turn this statistic around and score more baskets. He believes it's all in his head.
Ingram said to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters: "Probably in his head a little bit when the crowd gets at him a bit…all he can do is keep his head up.”
This is something which Ball himself has admitted to as well, as he recently said to ESPN's Jeff Goodman about his shooting struggles: "It's in my head to be honest. I know I can shoot the ball."
So Ball knows the issue of the problem, he's just got to try and get over it, and he'll look to do that and start a new trend of being more consistent when it comes to shooting when the Lakers play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.