Not Buying into Lonzo Ball, Not Yet Anyways
With a meaningless Summer League MVP to add to his dad’s mantle, Lonzo Ball is now the next coming of Magic Johnson. Pundits and fans have been swinging like Tarzan from Lonzo’s nether regions already anointing him an All-Star, a dark horse MVP candidate or even the next guy to average a triple double a la Russell Westbrook. Yawn. I’m not buying into Lonzo Ball as any of those.
What is the Summer League really? A bunch of rookies and players who will probably not even make the D-League and we’re supposed to be impressed with the #3 pick playing better than guys who will be bagging groceries come November? C’mon man. Are we that desperate for an exciting player that we have to gravitate to the one guy playing well against scrubs?
Lonzo Ball hasn’t even played a single second against a real NBA team with real NBA players. Do the names Tyrus Jones or Kyle Anderson ring a bell? Don’t remember them. They too also won the Summer League MVP trophy. How did they fare in the NBA against real talent? My point exactly. It’s too early to call Lonzo Ball the second coming of anything.
Lonzo may very well end up being what everyone is predicting, but his game has some serious flaws that real NBA talent is going to eat up. He’ll soon realize that playing NBA talent isn’t like playing against the Girl Scouts in the Summer League. His unconventional jump shot is going to get him blocked and frequently as well. He shoots across his body from the left side as if he was throwing a bale of hay onto the back of a truck. It isn’t smooth and it isn’t quick jump shot either. Reminds me of the ugliness that was Shawn Marion’s jump shot.
While people lauded his court vision, I saw a turnover machine against better defenders. He did make some great passes, but more often than not he would kick it out in traffic where if it was against better players they would have stolen the pass. Unlike his ugly jump shot, his decision making with passes can be corrected quickly.
It’s too early to tell what Lonzo Ball will be, if anything at all. Making him a basketball legend so early without really proving himself his quite dubious at best. I’ll wait to see a season’s worth of work against real talent before I start proclaiming him the second coming of Magic Johnson or anyone else for that matter.