Why Lonzo Ball is a good fit in Los Angeles

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Kaleb Kraus

NBA· 2 years ago

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I am Pickswise's NASCAR expert, also make picks on MLB, NHL, and both college football and basketball. Very passionate about sports, especially college football and college basketball. I have followed NASCAR since I was little. I am a 2018 graduate of Michigan State Universities School of Journalism.

The Los Angeles Lakers hit it big in the 2017 NBA Draft when they selected Lonzo Ball, Point Guard from UCLA at number 2 overall, didn’t they? Most would say yes, and then there are some who say definitely not. He is still young and has much to prove in the league.

Lonzo Ball showed promise early as he looked outstanding in his as a rookie in summer league. Fast-forward to the regular season, and he looked much like any rookie in the NBA, as he showed signs of what LA was looking for. But an awful looking jump shot, that would drive many nuts. Only shooting 36 percent from the field, kind of took away what arguably wasn’t that terrible of a first year in the NBA for Ball.

Though he only averaged 10.2 points per game, his other stats showed he isn’t going to be just a pure scorer, which adding in Lebron James, amongst others to the Lakers and there is no problem in terms who can get you points. 7.2 assists and nearly 7 rebounds per game, shows that he can do a little bit of everything. Not to mention averaging nearly two steals and a block thrown in there on occasion and he can do a little bit of everything for a team, that could use players with those abilities.

Can Lonzo return to the form he was showing before he suffered his injury last season? If he can he is arguably one of the best young point guards in the NBA right now. In a league that has had a history of outstanding point guards, that is saying a lot. The Lakers are lucky to have a player with his abilities.  Can Ball be what Magic Johnson was for the Showtime Lakers?

Why Lonzo Fits

Lonzo Ball is the kind of player that can help the Lakers organization because of his skill set, as not just a scorer, but his passing ability along with his rebounding aspects. He is a strong defender as well as he ranked third out of all point guards in defensive real plus minutes, as a rookie, that is astounding. Paired with players such as Kyle Kuzma who had an outstanding rookie season himself, Lebron James, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and Lance Stephenson that is quite a group of talented players for the Lakers in 2018. Can they coexist?

Why Lonzo Doesn’t Fit

Can all the ego’s of Lebron, Lonzo, Rajon, Lance work together? What if this doesn’t work for the Lakers? We all know how Lebron James likes to have control of who he plays with. What if he and Lonzo don’t fit together, I think we all know who will be the first to go.

Final Judgement

Lonzo Ball is coming back from an injury, but don’t let that fool you, because, now that he is back for the Lakers, he will be ready to get past all of he has a terrible shot talk, and just be him. Lonzo Ball is a great fit for the Lakers, and they need to trust his abilities, any other team in the league would love to have a player with his skill set no matter how good or bad his shot may be.

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