The 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, Lonzo Ball, has proven that he is not a bust, despite many critics having claimed he would be.
The Lakers point guard struggled in the beginning of his first season, and the Lakers weren’t on the winning side of most of their games. So he obviously took on a load of the criticism and negativity, and everyone had begun to think that he might have been a complete. But in the last few weeks, people have started to realize how important of a playmaker that Lonzo Ball really is.
The Lakers point guard is one of the best all around players in the lineup. He averages around 10.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game, 7.2 rebounds per game,
and has a 36.6% shooting percentage, which has steadily improved since the beginning of the season. He is also a fan favorite in the NBA, although he hasn’t put up all star performances this season, he was 10th in ranking in point guards for NBA votes.
The Lakers are lost without him. Ball is the main driving force of their offense, and it truly shows when he’s off the court. When the rookie point guard was out for 6 games with a shoulder injury, the Lakers went on to lose 7 games straight. After he came back, they went to win 5 in a row, but after he was out again due to a knee injury, the team lost their game on MLK Jr. day. He runs the offense very well, and the team hurts whenever he’s not on the court.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a very young and growing team, with lots of potential, and Lonzo Ball could be a franchise building player, and he has proven to have the potential to be the answer to the Lakers struggle in the past few years.