Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball
21-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Lakers
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 5/1/2019
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. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Showing 'good' progress
GLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
April 10, 2019
Ball's ankle is "showing good progress," and the point guard expects to be back on the court in a couple of weeks, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ball was shut down in early March, though his final game of the season was Jan. 19 against the Rockets. Things seem to be going well in his recovery, and the anticipation is that he'll have essentially a full offseason to work on his game.
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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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Out for remainder of season
GLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
March 9, 2019
Ball (ankle) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Could get shut down
GLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
March 8, 2019
Ball (ankle) may not return this season, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
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Putting up shots
GLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
March 5, 2019
Ball (ankle) was spotted getting up shots during Tuesday's practice, but he wasn't jumping, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
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To miss another week
GLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
February 28, 2019
Ball (ankle) will need at least one more week of rehab, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
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To be evaluated Thursday
GLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
February 27, 2019
Ball (ankle) will be re-evaluated by the Lakers' medical staff on Thursday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
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