Lonzo Ball Subpar in NBA Summer League Debut
The dynasty of the Ball family continued to grow one of their sons get drafted second overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. The name is Lonzo Ball. In his college days at UCLA, Ball was one of the premier draft prospects that in mock drafts, experts had him going either first or second in the NBA Draft. And sure enough, Lonzo was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers as the second pick in the draft. Ball was about to rebuild a Laker franchise that was once at the top with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O' Neal; and then quickly fell apart when Magic Johnson took over front office duties. But things didn't quite turn out the way Ball expected them to be.
In his Summer League debut against the Clippers, Lonzo Ball put up a subpar 5 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds; way below the numbers and expectations set by his teammates, fans, coaches, and especially his father, Lavar Ball. Some call Lonzo Ball's rookie performance his worst game ever. Others say that it's just another part of being welcomed into the big leagues and it takes time and long term development to get to the high standards that are must haves when on the road to becoming an NBA star.
Lonzo Ball may be the second overall pick that everybody thinks he is, but it may take Magic Johnson two or three years to shape the former UCLA star, and the Lakers into what they were in the early 2000s and 2010s.