Is Lonzo Ball really the next Jason Kidd?

Lonzo Ball’s father Lavar has been in the news for some outlandish remarks he’s been making lately, but let’s focus on the actual star Lonzo here.

Lonzo is being compared to one of the all-time greats in Jason Kidd, as Jay Bilas remarked that Ball is Jason Kidd with a jumpshot.

Lonzo Ball (2) shooting for the UCLA Bruins. Photo by Gary A. Vazquez- USA TODAY Sports

Well, Bilas may be right about that, as Ball shot 41.2 percent from 3-point range compared to Kidd’s 33.3 percent during his two years at University of California. Kidd averaged two more assists and the same amount of points and rebounds than Ball.

What can’t be ignored about Kidd in college though is his defense, as he set a record of 110 steals as a freshman, and he carried a program back to relevance.

Ball, on the other hand, joined a UCLA team that was used to making the NCAA Tournament on a regular basis.

Kidd was well-known for turning programs around in the past, as he carried the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) to two straight NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 after the Nets finished 26–56 a year before.

Jason Kidd (5) dribbling for the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals. Photo by The Hoop Doctors.

Ball has a ton of potential, but he’s got a tall task to face if he wants to match or exceed the career of Jason Kidd, who was a 10-time all-star, 5-time All-NBA First Team, 4-time All-Defensive First Team, and 5-time assists leader. Kidd also ranks eighth on the all-time 3-pointers made list, and second in both all-time assists and steals.

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