Probably the most hyped and talked about player in this draft, Lonzo Ball has the potential to turn into a great point guard. Ball finished a collegiate career at UCLA where he was named a consensus All-American and along with fellow freshman T.J. Leaf and Ike Anigbogu, turned around the basketball program and led the team to a 31-5 record. Ball is now ready to turn his potential into a reality.
Ball’s physical traits have led many to compare to him to Jason Kidd. Standing at 6’6″ with a wingspan of about 6’9″, Lonzo has a unique advantage over many point guards. He is basically a Michael Carter-Williams that can actually play basketball.
In a league where transition offense is a key component, Ball fits well. His ability to grab rebounds (6 per game in college) and steals (1.8 per game in college) allows him to lead the fast break. His elite creativity and passing acumen give him the ability to set up his teammates for easy buckets in transition, and he can also finish at the rim on his own.
Ball has versatility to play in a two guard set. He is a good catch and shoot player which allows him to play off the ball. He also possesses a knack at backdoor cuts to get open off the ball.
Despite an awkward shooting stroke, Ball can shoot the basketball. He connected on 41.2% of his threes at UCLA, and many of them were way behind the NBA arc. His shooting is what really separates him from other top point guard prospects like De’Aaron Fox.
Ball’s big frame isn’t filled out that much, as he weighs just 190 pounds. His physicality on defense, as evidenced by De’Aaron Fox’s 39 point outburst against Ball in the NCAA Tournament, is a true concern.
Ball also has the tendency to relax too much on the basketball court. An NBA coach will have to fix his low motor and lack of effort at times.
While his shooting ability is good no question, Ball can be inconsistent behind the arc. His across the body stroke also makes it hard for him to shoot off the dribble.
Projected Team: Los Angeles Lakers (Number 2)
Despite recent reports of a bad workout with the Lakers, league sources still say that Lonzo will still land in L.A.
Despite some defined weaknesses, Ball possesses elite basketball IQ and court vision. This coupled with his shooting makes him an elite point guard prospect and the potential to turn into a special player.