BY THE NUMBERS
3.17: Ronnie Price’s assist-to-turnover ratio, which was among the league’s leaders before he was lost for the year. If he had maintained that mark through the full season, Price would have finished seventh in the NBA.
12: Assists dished out against Portland on Jan. 11, which were a career high among 468 games played.
18: Points scored at Denver on Dec. 30, which tied his career high. Price shot 6-for-10 against the Nuggets, including 5-for-6 on 3-pointers.
Based on the reputation he had made over his previous nine NBA seasons and the way he competed in training camp, Price earned the respect of head coach Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant early in his Lakers tenure. Often described by Scott as a “pit bull,” Price averaged a career-best 1.6 steals, which also would have topped the team. Playing a career-high 22.8 minutes per game, the 31-year-old also recorded individual bests in points (5.1) and assists (3.8). However, Price’s season was cut short after 43 games due to bone spurs in his right elbow, which sidelined him in late February.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
“I enjoyed being a voice in the locker room. Is it just being a good teammate or being a mentor? I don’t know about that, but I enjoyed helping younger guys. … You never know if what you tell a guy or talk to them about can help them later in their career."
2014-15 SHOT CHART