Lonzo Ball holding a Los Angeles Lakers jersey

Lonzo Ball Will Not Reach His Full Potential With The Los Angeles Lakers

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Throughout his basketball career, Lonzo Ball has been described as a player who possesses excellent court vision and passing ability. According to DraftExpress, “Ball showed he has the vision, timing, accuracy, and overall foundation to eventually make every read necessary at the NBA level… and locate shooters”. Due to this, he needs to be on a team where he would be the primary ball handler; and is allowed to analyze the defense to determine what is the right pass. For instance, the traditional pick and roll offense would be an ideal system for him because he can bring the ball up to the three-point line and ask for a screen. Once the pick was set Ball can pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, Ball can go over it and take the wide open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, Ball can go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he can score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not.

However, it is unlikely that Lonzo Ball will not reach his full potential as an NBA player while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. The team runs a system where the point guard brings the ball up to the three-point line and passes it into the mid to low block or the player next to him. Once this happens, they stand behind the three-point line as a spot-up shooter. Even though Ball has shown the ability to effectively shoot the ball as he shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc at UCLA; that is not one of his best attributes. If the team doesn’t make a significant adjustment to their system to allow Ball to have the ball in his hands; they will diminish his ability to pass the ball which is one of the main ways, he can profoundly impact a game.

 

 

 

 

 

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