KEY POINTS

  • Rondo could step up at point for Lakers
  • Rondo has NBA championship experience
  • Vogel could rest James heading into playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a point guard but the actual one they need may already be in the roster. Rajon Rondo is no stranger to NBA titles, having won one with the Boston Celtics back in 2008. Injuries have become a problem for the 6-foot-1 veteran this season. However, it appears he has managed it well and now the former NBA champion needs to step up and help the purple and gold.

Lakers' teammates Jared Dudley and Danny Green were recently discussing on "Inside The Green Room" podcast the value a Rajon Rondo brings. With the Lakers unable to land a playmaker, the task of orchestrating has been given to LeBron James. Rondo is doing his share but as a backup. In the eyes of both, the veteran guard should step up as early as now.

Rondo got that chance when the Lakers faced the Golden State Warriors. With James out, it was the perfect time for Rondo to show that he could be the team's starting point guard. He ended the game with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds as the Lakers unsurprisingly trashed the Dubs.

This season, Rondo has played in 41 games averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per Basketball-Reference.com. He is also shooting well from the field, another must-need for the Lakers. But of the things he can do, playmaking and dishing those assists is the most essential. Surrounded by players who can score, all the veteran guard needs to do is find the open man and feed them the basketball properly.

The Lakers have time to see if Rondo can step up and be the team's starting point guard. They have 25 games left in their schedule and seem well on their way to securing the top spot out West. For head coach Frank Vogel, this would be the best time to give Rondo extended minutes and see how the team will respond. The only way to draw out the best out of the one-time NBA champion is through exposure and allowing him to strut his stuff.

It would also be a good time to manage or rest James. He is now dealing with a groin injury and it would best to give him ample rest to heal in time for the NBA playoffs.

Rajon Rondo Rajon Rondo has missed the last 14 games due to a hand injury. In this picture, Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Dec. 25, 2018. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images