Luke Walton says Lakers ‘love’ Isaac Bonga’s playmaking ability
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By Christian Rivas

For arguably the first time since the Los Angeles Lakers selected him with the No. 39 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Isaac Bonga looked like an NBA player Friday against the Golden State Warriors.

The 18-year-old still hasn’t shown much promise as a shooter, but he managed to end the night with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. He also nearly notched a double-double, grabbing 9 rebounds.

However, the most impressive NBA skill Bonga flashed on Friday was his ability to make plays for others, and head coach Luke Walton said on Spectrum SportsNet that said skill one of the main reasons they drafted Bonga.

“We love Bonga’s playmaking ability. He needs to continue to get stronger, but he’s doing that. What we saw today was much better than what was going on in pickup games before the season started. He’s got a great feel for the game, he’s unselfish, he’s long. I mean there’s a reason we drafted him, and it’s because we like what he can do and he got to show a little bit of that tonight.”

Despite having the size to play out on the wing (listed at 6-foot-8, per NBA.com), Bonga is very much a point guard. During his time overseas with the Fraport Skyliners of the Bundesliga, that’s what he played, and the same goes for his appearances with the German national...



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