Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball
21-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Lakers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ball’s first year in the league was ultimately underwhelming, but was filled with positives to build upon. The second overall pick in 2017, Ball was a notably good shooter at UCLA despite unconventional form, hitting 2.2 threes per game at 41.2 percent. However, that failed to translate during his rookie campaign, as he shot just 30.5 percent from distance (and 36.0 percent overall). Ball was also atrocious from the free-throw line, making just 32 of his 71 attempts. However, the other aspects of his game shined through and allowed him to remain Fantasy relevant. Despite playing just 52 games due to injury, the 6-foot-6 point guard was able to rack up 13 double-doubles and two triple-doubles, averaging 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds. Ball also played impressive defense, racking up a combined 2.5 steals/blocks per contest. The addition of LeBron James to the Lakers complicates things for Ball. he'll presumably asked to play off-ball more often -- a role that will be difficult for him to succeed in if he can't improve his shooting. Plus, Rajon Rondo was added to the mix, giving Ball more competition for playing time. How early Ball should be drafted is heavily contingent on Fantasy owners’ belief in his ability to become a better shooter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $13.75 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2017. Lakers exercised $8.72 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Fills out stat sheet in win
GLos Angeles Lakers
December 11, 2018
Ball totaled 10 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks across 37 minutes in the Lakers' 108-105 win over the Heat on Monday.
Ball checked off every box on the stat sheet in trademark fashion, posting his third double-digit scoring effort over the last four games in the process. The second-year point guard's shooting struggles persisted, however, as he's now drained under 40 percent of his attempts in four of five December contests. Additionally, Ball was particularly active on the boards Monday, with his seven rebounds serving as his highest total over the last six games.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
In what’s widely regarded as one of the best rookie classes in recent memory, Ball, who the Lakers selected with the No. 2 overall pick in June, is the most talked-about and polarizing prospect, often due to matters not pertaining to basketball. When evaluating Ball purely from an on-court perspective, however, his preternatural court vision, solid length (6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan) and sound decision making make him an ideal prototype for a franchise point guard, if not a perennial All-Star. The Lakers clearly recognized as much, trading away the No. 2 overall pick from 2015 and presumptive point guard of the future, D’Angelo Russell, to the Nets prior to the draft to clear the way for Ball to take the reins of the offense. In his lone season at UCLA, Ball averaged 14.6 points (on 55.1 percent shooting), 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 35.1 minutes per contest, displaying a level of efficiency that was jaw dropping even for the college level. Ball’s unorthodox jump shot mechanics raise concern that his accuracy from the perimeter may be an issue at the next level when he’s guarded by longer defenders, with his 38.2 and 23.8 percent marks from the field and 3-point line, respectively, in the Las Vegas Summer League adding credence to that notion. Even so, Ball still wowed observers with his playmaking skills and claimed MVP honors with averages of 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals in his six games, illustrating the major impact he can have even when his shot isn’t consistently falling. Once the regular season arrives, Ball will have more established scoring threats in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, Brook Lopez and Julius Randle to take the pressure off, allowing the rookie to focus on what he does best: sparking the transition game and setting up teammates for open looks. It may not take long for Ball to establish himself as a regular threat to go off for a triple-double on any given night, and if he shows improvement with his shooting as the campaign unfolds, he could very well finish the year as the Lakers’ top Fantasy contributor.
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Hands out 11 dimes in loss Friday
GLos Angeles Lakers
December 8, 2018
Ball tallied 13 points (5-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 38 minutes during Friday's 133-120 loss to San Antonio.
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Clutch threes in win
GLos Angeles Lakers
December 6, 2018
Ball totaled 14 points (5-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and two steals across 40 minutes in the Lakers' 121-113 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
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Draws start, plays through ankle injury
GLos Angeles Lakers
November 30, 2018
Ball produced two points (1-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt), eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots across 34 minutes in Thursday's 104-96 win over the Pacers.
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Will start Thursday
GLos Angeles Lakers
November 29, 2018
Ball (ankle) is set to start Thursday against the Pacers, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Game-time call Thursday
GLos Angeles Lakers
November 29, 2018
Ball (ankle) was a full participant in shootaround but is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Pacers, Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group reports.
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