Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pick
Jun 24 2017
I kind of changed my jump shot up a little bit, made it more fluid and more comfortable. His motion prevents him from shooting off the dribble moving to his right, a considerable flaw for a player chosen second overall in a draft considered to be loaded with talent. D'Angelo Russell, as talented as he is, couldn't help the Lakers rise from the bottom of the Western Conference, much less compete for a playoff spot.
When asked if Ball's style of play will stay similar to what he showed while at UCLA, he left no room for concern. I surprised some people. And with the trajectory of the Lakers, as they attempt to build a deep roster that can support free agent stars they plan on attacking like LeBron James and Paul George, players like Kuzma can go a long way to solidifying that plan.
Walton gets it: After all, he is the son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton, the genial basketball blowhard. According to Zo, his dad's been great. He's always been there for him. "He obviously loves him, and that's what you want out of a father, so I'm not overly concerned with that".
Pelinka rhapsodized about Ball's passing skills, comparing the teenager to Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Magic himself - and even Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
Ball was named the Pac-12's freshman of the year, beating out No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz from Washington. Kuzma was projected to go to the Lakers with No. 28 pick by Draft Express and The Ringer leading up to the draft. He is also a capable playmaker and passer.
The 2017 NBA Draft has finally come and gone. Both Clarkson and Ball are below average defenders and Hart thrives on the defensive end, leading the Big East in defensive win shares in back-to-back seasons.