Kent Tukeli |  Fri 21/07/2017 - 22:52 EDT

Lonzo Ball Leads Los Angeles Lakers Into The Future

Lonzo Ball Leads Los Angeles Lakers Into The Future
In an unexpected homage to Spike Lee, sports media tracked Lonzo Ball’s NBA Summer League performance by focusing on the shoes. Turns out he plays pretty good ball regardless of the kicks he represents, showing the NBA a tantalizing glimpse of his much-hyped ability to distribute the basketball.

Lonzo Ball Could Be The Lakers’ Superstar

Early indications suggest that the Los Angeles Lakers have found their court general of the future, while Ball has landed exactly where he wants to play: on the biggest stage possible.

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Fortunately, LaVar Ball’s unorthodox marketing campaign hasn’t detracted from Lonzo’s debut, allowing the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft to excel on the court.

Laker nation showed up in droves throughout the Summer League series, following the Ball closely from game to game. After a disappointing opener to start, Lonzo ditched the Big Baller Brand shoes for a pair of Kobes, and the rest of the tournament went swimmingly.

He dominated stretches of the Summer League, averaging 16.3 PPG, 9.3 APG and 7.7 RPG. Ball became the first player to record a triple double for the Las Vegas league since 2008, scoring 11 points, 11 assists and 11 boards against the Celtics in a July 8th matchup.

Lonzo notched his second triple double of the competition five days later against the Cavaliers, dropping 16 points, dishing 11 dimes and ripping 11 rebounds.

While some curmudgeons fretted about Summer League results, most observers agreed with Lonzo Ball earning the Most Valuable Player award for the 2017 NBA Summer League. The eye test showed that the entire team was lifted by Lonzo’s unselfish, creative, and dominant court vision. Ball zipped the ball around the court with efficiency, leveraging small advantages into easy buckets throughout the competition.

Lonzo Ball Could Have It All

Lonzo first started earning attention in high school as a point guard, averaging a triple double as a senior. As per MaxPreps, Lonzo lead his Chino Hill High School team with 23.9 PPG, 11.3 RPG and 11.5 APG during 35 games. As a top prospect in the NCAA, Ball joined UCLA and finished with 14.6 PPG, 7.6 APG and 6.0 RPG in 36 games.

As a 6’6” guard with a superb basketball IQ and slick handles, his game is reminiscent of Rajon Rondo, with a dash of Russell Westbrook thrown in the mix.

Make no mistake: Ball does not possess the explosiveness of Westbrook or the same passing genius as Rondo. Lonzo must develop and polish the rough aspects of his game to earn the mantle of the next, great triple double threat in the association.

Similar to most prospects entering the NBA, Ball will need to refine his shooting skills, especially at the free throw line. As expected, Lonzo shot only 38.2% from the field over six Summer League games. During his one-and-done with UCLA, Ball shot 67.3% from the charity stripe, which is well below expected efficiency for a point guard.

Defensive schemes in the NBA are merciless against bad shooters. If Lonzo can’t turn his herky-jerky delivery into a serviceable jump shot, teams will dare Ball to beat them with his broken jumper, shutting driving and passing lanes in the process. This scenario greatly reduces the effectiveness of his passing game, making the development of his three-point shot and foul shooting a top priority.

Lonzo Leads The Lakers Into The Future

In brief, if Ball develops an above average jump shot over the next few years, the Lakers will have a superstar point guard to guide them for the next decade.

Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle – even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – will all benefit from Lonzo’s ability to share the basketball.

The combination of these young talents, and the Lakers ability to attract top free agents, should create a winning combination that returns this legendary franchise back to the NBA playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers fans have patiently waited for the post-Kobe rebuild, and feverishly cheered Ball as he tore through the Summer League with a combination of deft touch passes and court-length breakout bombs. Nonetheless, the patience of Laker nation remains fickle at best, so Ball needs to take advantage of an auspicious beginning to make the most of his considerable potential.

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October 2016 (11)
Tue 4 L.A. Lakers 103 - 84 Sacramento Kings -133 +135 Odds
Fri 7 Denver Nuggets 101 - 97 L.A. Lakers +135 -145 Odds
Sun 9 Denver Nuggets 115 - 124 L.A. Lakers +165 -167 Odds
Tue 11 Blazers 109 - 106 L.A. Lakers -182 +170 Odds
Thu 13 Sacramento Kings 116 - 104 L.A. Lakers +180 -169 Odds
Sat 15 Warriors 112 - 107 L.A. Lakers -200 +190 Odds
Wed 19 Warriors 123 - 112 L.A. Lakers -400 +415 Odds
Fri 21 Phoenix Suns 98 - 94 L.A. Lakers +125 -141 Odds
Wed 26 Reg. Houston Rockets 114 - 120 L.A. Lakers -227 +188
Fri 28 Reg. L.A. Lakers 89 - 96 Utah Jazz
Sun 30 Reg. L.A. Lakers 96 - 113 Thunder
November 2016 (17)
Tue 1 Reg. L.A. Lakers 108 - 115 Indiana Pacers
Wed 2 Reg. L.A. Lakers 123 - 116 Atlanta Hawks
Fri 4 Reg. Warriors 97 - 117 L.A. Lakers -769 +610 Odds
Sun 6 Reg. Phoenix Suns 108 - 119 L.A. Lakers +160 -169 Odds
Tue 8 Reg. Dallas Mavericks 109 - 97 L.A. Lakers +160 -169 Odds
Thu 10 Reg. L.A. Lakers 101 - 91 Sacramento Kings +185 -213 Odds
Sat 12 Reg. L.A. Lakers 126 - 99 Pelicans +100 -105 Odds
Sun 13 Reg. L.A. Lakers 99 - 125 Wolves +125 -105 Odds
Tue 15 Reg. Brooklyn Nets 118 - 125 L.A. Lakers +275 -270 Odds
Fri 18 Reg. Spurs 116 - 107 L.A. Lakers -357 +290 Odds
Sun 20 Reg. Chicago Bulls 118 - 110 L.A. Lakers +125 -130 Odds
Tue 22 Reg. Thunder 109 - 111 L.A. Lakers -164 +145 Odds
Wed 23 Reg. L.A. Lakers 106 - 149 Warriors +2350 -3333 Odds
Fri 25 Reg. Warriors 109 - 85 L.A. Lakers -1250 +1050 Odds
Sun 27 Reg. Atlanta Hawks 94 - 109 L.A. Lakers -238 +210 Odds
Tue 29 Reg. L.A. Lakers 88 - 105 Pelicans +200 -213 Odds
Wed 30 Reg. L.A. Lakers 96 - 90 Chicago Bulls +500 -625 Odds
December 2016 (16)
Fri 2 Reg. L.A. Lakers 80 - 113 Toronto Raptors +425 -476 Odds
Sat 3 Reg. L.A. Lakers 100 - 103 Grizzlies +120 -141 Odds
Mon 5 Reg. Utah Jazz 107 - 101 L.A. Lakers -179 +168 Odds
Wed 7 Reg. L.A. Lakers 95 - 134 Houston Rockets +1050 -1429 Odds
Fri 9 Reg. Phoenix Suns 119 - 115 L.A. Lakers +110 -116 Odds
Sun 11 Reg. New York Knicks 118 - 112 L.A. Lakers -135 +125 Odds
Mon 12 Reg. L.A. Lakers 92 - 116 Sacramento Kings +325 -357 Odds
Wed 14 Reg. L.A. Lakers 97 - 107 Brooklyn Nets +100 +102 Odds
Fri 16 Reg. L.A. Lakers 100 - 89 Sixers -105 -116 Odds
Sat 17 Reg. L.A. Lakers 108 - 119 Cavaliers +1600 -2000 Odds
Tue 20 Reg. L.A. Lakers 113 - 117 Hornets +370 -385 Odds
Thu 22 Reg. L.A. Lakers 107 - 115 Miami Heat +215 -227 Odds
Fri 23 Reg. L.A. Lakers 90 - 109 Orlando Magic +175 -189 Odds
Sun 25 Reg. L.A. Clippers 102 - 111 L.A. Lakers -141 +120 Odds
Tue 27 Reg. Utah Jazz 102 - 100 L.A. Lakers -222 +180 Odds
Thu 29 Reg. Dallas Mavericks 101 - 89 L.A. Lakers +160 -167 Odds
January 2017 (15)
Sun 1 Reg. Toronto Raptors 123 - 114 L.A. Lakers -345 +300 Odds
Tue 3 Reg. Grizzlies 102 - 116 L.A. Lakers -185 +185 Odds
Thu 5 Reg. L.A. Lakers 109 - 118 Blazers +240 -256 Odds
Fri 6 Reg. Miami Heat 100 - 127 L.A. Lakers +125 -135 Odds
Sun 8 Reg. Orlando Magic 95 - 111 L.A. Lakers +129 -145 Odds
Tue 10 Reg. Blazers 108 - 87 L.A. Lakers -132 +125 Odds
Thu 12 Reg. L.A. Lakers 94 - 134 Spurs +1350 -833 Odds
Sat 14 Reg. L.A. Lakers 97 - 113 L.A. Clippers +600 -714 Odds
Sun 15 Reg. Detroit Pistons 102 - 97 L.A. Lakers -120 +115 Odds
Tue 17 Reg. Denver Nuggets 127 - 121 L.A. Lakers +100 +102 Odds
Fri 20 Reg. Indiana Pacers 95 - 108 L.A. Lakers -164 +155 Odds
Sun 22 Reg. L.A. Lakers 73 - 122 Dallas Mavericks +195 -238 Odds
Wed 25 Reg. L.A. Lakers 98 - 105 Blazers +325 -455 Odds
Thu 26 Reg. L.A. Lakers 88 - 96 Utah Jazz +800 -1429 Odds
Tue 31 Reg. Denver Nuggets 116 - 120 L.A. Lakers -102 +108 Odds
February 2017 (10)
Thu 2 Reg. L.A. Lakers 108 - 116 Wizards +450 -667 Odds
Fri 3 Reg. L.A. Lakers 107 - 113 Boston Celtics +570 -667 Odds
Mon 6 Reg. L.A. Lakers 121 - 107 New York Knicks +185 -200 Odds
Wed 8 Reg. L.A. Lakers 102 - 121 Detroit Pistons +250 -270 Odds
Fri 10 Reg. L.A. Lakers 122 - 114 Milwaukee Bucks +200 -208 Odds
Tue 14 Reg. Sacramento Kings 97 - 96 L.A. Lakers +120 -141 Odds
Wed 15 Reg. L.A. Lakers 101 - 137 Phoenix Suns +165 -189 Odds
Fri 24 Reg. L.A. Lakers 93 - 110 Thunder +480 -556 Odds
Sun 26 Reg. Spurs 119 - 98 L.A. Lakers -833 +600 Odds
Tue 28 Reg. Hornets 109 - 104 L.A. Lakers
March 2017 (14)
Fri 3 Reg. Boston Celtics 115 - 95 L.A. Lakers -294 +270 Odds
Sun 5 Reg. Pelicans 105 - 97 L.A. Lakers -238 +220 Odds
Tue 7 Reg. L.A. Lakers 111 - 122 Dallas Mavericks +380 -435 Odds
Thu 9 Reg. L.A. Lakers 122 - 110 Phoenix Suns +235 -227 Odds
Sun 12 Reg. Sixers 118 - 116 L.A. Lakers +170 -189 Odds
Mon 13 Reg. L.A. Lakers 101 - 129 Denver Nuggets +800 -1000 Odds
Wed 15 Reg. L.A. Lakers 100 - 139 Houston Rockets +2000 -2500 Odds
Fri 17 Reg. Milwaukee Bucks 107 - 103 L.A. Lakers -323 +295 Odds
Sun 19 Reg. Cavaliers 125 - 120 L.A. Lakers -769 +635 Odds
Tue 21 Reg. L.A. Clippers 133 - 109 L.A. Lakers -333 +460 Odds
Fri 24 Reg. Wolves 119 - 130 L.A. Lakers -256 +240 Odds
Sun 26 Reg. Blazers 97 - 81 L.A. Lakers -233 +248 Odds
Tue 28 Reg. Wizards 95 - 101 L.A. Lakers -556 +350 Odds
Thu 30 Reg. L.A. Lakers 104 - 119 Wolves +600 -714 Odds
April 2017 (7)
Sat 1 Reg. L.A. Lakers 104 - 115 L.A. Clippers +1300 -2000 Odds
Sun 2 Reg. Grizzlies 103 - 108 L.A. Lakers -323 +265 Odds
Wed 5 Reg. L.A. Lakers 102 - 95 Spurs +1050 -625 Odds
Fri 7 Reg. Sacramento Kings 94 - 98 L.A. Lakers +125 -130 Odds
Sun 9 Reg. Wolves 109 - 110 L.A. Lakers -217 +200 Odds
Tue 11 Reg. Pelicans 96 - 108 L.A. Lakers +125 -135 Odds
Wed 12 Reg. L.A. Lakers 94 - 109 Warriors +800 -909 Odds

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