The Deuce is Wild
Bringing the end to one of the deepest NBA drafts in recent history, one of the leagues worst kept secrets is out…
The Los Angeles Lakers have selected UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball with the no.2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft lottery. Months of speculation and hype provided in abundance by a machine titled Lavar Ball, Lakers selected who they needed to pick and who Lavar said they would pick win win.
Yeah sure they were a few smoke screens along the way with reports coming out suggesting Lonzo’s conditioning wasn’t up to par during his workouts and that maybe Lavars antics had put the front office on ice. But in the end how was the newly recently constructed Lakers front office helmed by the arguably greatest point guard of all time in Magic Johnson gonna pass on a 21st century reincarnation of himself?
In a Era where point guards are averaging triples doubles or plummeting 30 footers from every angle on the court, Lonzo’s skills harken back to the days when Magic was running the point in LA a pure pass first guard. At 6'6 oversized for the guard position Lonzo brings the rare gift to make everyone around him better. This proven in his one and done season at UCLA where he took pretty much the same team from just a 15 win season record to and 31–5 record, even with his much maligned funky shooting action he did shoot 55% from the field and 41% from 3pt range and led the NCAA with a league high 7.6 assist per game. I do expect him to make some adjustments to his shooting form especially within the mid-range area where he will need to develop a consistent jumper in order to match up against the other elite guards in the west, but like every rookie he is very much a work in progress.
It’s safe to say that Lonzo isn’t going to be the next Magic Johnson but he may very well turn out to be LA’s next star and give them the glamour they have sorely lacked since the great Kobe Bryant headed to stage door exit left.
So just as his father predicted Lakers got that ball than got that ball.
Welcome 2 LA.