3. He has shown he can ball
While his overall product has not been something to swoon over this season, in just 12 games played Lonzo Ball has shown flashes of brilliance. Ball has proven in these moments that he does know how to hoop and all it takes is time for him to develop. Heck, look at how he played in the NBA Summer League against players his age.
Not every rookie can jump off the blocks like Simmons or Karl-Anthony Towns. For most, it takes time to develop into what they can become. Ball is still in the early stages of that development, but he has shown in brief flashes what he can do.
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Whether it is touch passes, alley-oops or chest passes that travel the distance of the court, Ball has proven without a doubt that he is a premier passer. Standing at six-foot-six, Ball also has the unique ability to rebound the basketball at point guard. Ball is third in point guard rebounds in his rookie campaign behind Simmons and Russell Westbrook.
Simmons is a natural small forward that is taking the point forward role and Westbrook has had many years to develop into the triple-double king he is today.
Ball showed he can score with his 29 point performance against the Phoenix Suns. Although the Suns are not good defensively, 29 points against an NBA team is no easy feat for a rookie. The shot is not hitting now, but with some tweaks, it will start to hit during the long NBA season.
Once Ball finds his shot he will be one of the best point guards in the league. Right now, defenses are able to hone in on his passes as he is no real threat to score. Once that scoring develops, we will become a Swiss Army Knife of basketball tools.
It may not all be there yet, but Ball has shown that he does have talent. All Laker fans need to do is be patient.