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LaMelo Ball Draft Profile

Lamelo Ball – G – Illawarra Hawks

Pros:

  • Elite passer; can make incredible reads and has pinpoint accuracy
  • Crafty ball-handler who can put defenders on skates and get to any spot on the floor
  • Great rebounder for a point guard like his brother Lonzo
  • Great touch around the basket; has an elite floater that ranges out to the three point line and his ambidextrousness around the hoop is special
  • 6’7 with a 6’10 wingspan suggests that his defense isn’t a lost cause
  • Confident shooter despite his low percentages

Cons: 

  • Posted horrible percentages from the floor and struggled mightily from three
  • Terrible shot selection; often settles for an insanely long floater or pulls up from five feet behind the three point line
  • Shooting form is a bit suspect; he may have to overhaul his jumper like Lonzo did
  • Decision making is still very questionable due to his high amount of turnovers and erratic shot selection
  • Lack of strength makes it difficult for him to finish through contact at the rim
  • Defensive motor is very low; often takes himself out of the play or gambles instead of playing fundamental defense

Prospect Overview

LaMelo Ball has all the potential in the world to be one of the most unstoppable offensive forces in the league. He’s a terrific passer and can make plays that not even current pros can make. He’s crafty with his handle and around the basket despite his inability to finish through contact. The biggest question mark is his shooting ability. However, he’s a confident and willing shooter that I think will develop over time with more repetition and a potential tweak to his form. His defensive effort is extremely poor but he’s got the height and length to be a plus defender in the league if he has a coach that pushes him to buy in and teaches him the fundamentals. Ball has all the tools to be one of the league’s best bucket generators as a scorer and passer and could one day be a guy that you can run your offense through.

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