February 8, 2018, 3:52 pm
When asked about the fit between Lonzo Ball and Isaiah Thomas, Magic Johnson said “Lonzo is our starting point guard, and that hasn’t changed.”
As expected. However, Johnson also added that it’s not so much about the starting job as it is the minutes — of which Thomas is expected to see plenty. He’s right in that regard, and fantasy owners shouldn’t be too scared unless the box scores start to diverge from this plan. If anyone is going to take a hit here, it could be Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers haven’t tipped their hand yet but it might be fun to run out Thomas and Ball side by side. Thomas should get plenty of shots as the top offensive option whenever he sees the floor while Ball doesn’t need much usage to be a strong fantasy asset, so this is a pairing that should work for everyone. KCP and Josh Hart lose the most, but that won’t be shifting the landscape too much anyway.