Lonzo Ball is officially a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. After months of speculation and his father trying to speak this into existence, Ball will be the point guard of the future for the Lakers.
The 6’6″ point guard out of UCLA is exactly what the Lakers need right now. After just trading D’Angelo Russell away to the Brooklyn Nets, they needed someone to run the point and try to get the Lakers back to their winning ways.
Ball did just that at UCLA, helping the Bruins go from 15-17 to 31-5 in his only year with the team. He was able to do this while also averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6 rebounds a game. Ball was able to lead the NCAA in assists last year as well.
Since Ball put up these incredible stats, the accolades kept coming for this freshman star. He was a first-team All-American, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Wayman Tisdale Award for best freshman of the year.
Now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, he will likely be the starting point guard during the 2017-18 season. The Lakers will look to push the floor under Ball’s leadership, since he was able to lead his Bruins to the leading the NCAA in scoring.
Ball is amazing to watch in the open court. He can push the floor like no other, and many Lakers fans around the world believe he can run the floor like Magic Johnson.
Lonzo Ball shot great from distance in his only season, shooting 41.2% from three. Even with his unorthodox release, expect Ball to light it up from deep next season in the purple and gold. Ball likes to take the step back three because of his release, and De’Aaron Fox recently said that him doing that almost makes it impossible to block.
With the Lakers shipping away Russell, the ball will ultimately end up in Ball’s hand. Ball is such a smart and willing passer, he will almost always find the open man. Lonzo Ball will be a monster in the pick and roll with Brook Lopez, both taking it to the rim and finishing it himself, or passing it to Lopez for the easy slam or mid-range jumper.
Ball might not be the most vocal player on his team, but you better believe that he can be the leader that the Lakers need. The Bruins followed Ball’s lead last year, and it is no surprise that their record improved by 16 games. He is a gym rat and seems to have had a very positive relationship with each Bruin that was on the team last year. So while Lonzo might not lead by yelling at guys, his work ethic and ability to help his team win games will separate him as a leader going forward.
Now that the draft hype is officially over and Ball is a member of the Lakers, he can now get to work. Look for Ball to have an impressive summer league, and have the Philadelphia 76ers second-guessing themselves for passing on this once-in-a generation type player. Lonzo Ball will be leading the Lakers back to the playoffs in no time.