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The Current State of Lonzo Ball

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 9, 2020 02:46

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After three years since being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA draft, Lonzo Ball has struggled to live up to the popularity he once had.

In the five games played in the NBA restart, Ball has struggled averaging around 5.8 points with inefficient shooting percentages.

These inconsistent stretches have been a recurring issue for Ball during his three years in the league. The once-touted collegiate point guard from UCLA, who became popular from some of his father's controversial antics and hype from his college career, has lost its appeal to many and has almost faded in popularity. 

Heading into the draft Ball was drawing comparisons to great point guards like Jason Kidd and was destined to be the new face of the glorious Los Angeles Lakers. Now, Ball has even been overshadowed by many in his draft class and many fear he is heading to the infamous "bust" level among certain fans.

So is Lonzo doomed to fade to obscurity or does he still have a chance to be a great NBA player? I believe Lonzo has that talent but the issues in his game and his mindset as a player must be fixed if he wants to be better than what he is right now.

If we look at Balls' overall game; it is very similar to the style of old-school point guards in the past from Rajon Rondo, Jason Kidd, or Steven Nash. Ball's vision has been a very strong aspect to his game and has been arguably his strongest skill set. Ball has also been satisfactory on the defensive-end and has been a good rebounder for his size.

On the other hand, we still see issues with a lot of his overall offensive game. He is averaging a career high 12.1 points per game but he is still shooting a below average 40% from the field. His lacking offensive arsenal is still noticeable, especially his inability to finish at the rim which adds to his struggles to get to the free-throw line where he only attempts 1.2 free throws a game. 

To be fair, prior to the restart, Ball was showing some improvements, especially his three-point shooting, which he shot around 38% before the postponement in March.

Still, it seems Lonzo just hasn't been able to deal with the media expectations that were put on him years ago and doesn't seem like a guy who knows how to free himself from this pressure.

Overall, Lonzo is a great guy from what we have seen off the court and is very humble as well. If he wants to get past his early career struggles, he must instill better confidence in himself and move past the negative attention he has faced early in his career. If Ball cannot do this, he might end up as one of those players that never lived up to expectations.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 9, 2020 02:46

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Source: USA TODAY
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