Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball
23-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Putting aside Ball's struggles to stay healthy -- he appeared in 55 games last season and has played in just 217 games in his first four years -- the 2020-21 campaign was his best from a per-game fantasy value perspective. The point guard ranked 46th behind a career-high 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 combined steals-plus-blocks. He also posted a career-high true shooting percentage (55.1) behind splits of 41/38/78. The biggest stride in Ball's game continues to be his three-point shooting. He's increased his efficiency from deep every season, and he drilled 3.1 triples per game last year. During the offseason, he was part of a sign-and-trade to the Bulls, with the 23-year-old inking a four-year, $85 million deal with Chicago. He's now part of a revamped and competitive Bulls team that includes Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic. Ball will be able to take some playmaking responsibilities away from LaVine, and he'll continue to be an off-ball threat as a three-point shooter. Ultimately, fantasy managers shouldn't expect a dramatic statistical change from Ball. He's a relatively passive offensive player who can play floor general in the halfcourt and coordinate fast breaks. He's also one of the best defenders, if not the best defender, on the Bulls. Managers unafraid of Ball's injury history have justification to draft him in the fourth or fifth round, though it might be possible to get him later. If he stays healthy, he'll be a steal after the fifth round. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Bulls in a sign-and-trade with the Pelicans. New Orleans received Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second-round pick.
Personal Bio

Lonzo Anderson Ball was born in 1997 in Anaheim, California. He is the son of Tina and LaVar Ball and has two younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. His father played collegiate basketball and professional football for the London Monarchs in the World League of American Football. Ball attended and played basketball at Chino Hills High School just west of Los Angeles. During his senior season, he led Chino Hills to an undefeated 35-0 record, a state championship and a No. 1 national ranking. Ball averaged a triple-double of 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.7 assists per game and was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year, USA Today Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball USA. After one season at UCLA, Ball entered the 2017 NBA Draft. As a pro, Ball has been passionate about giving back to his roots, and he is an avid volunteer in the Chino Hills community. Fans can follow the talented guard on Twitter (@ZO2_) and Instagram (@zo).

College/International Summary

Lonzo Ball played one season of collegiate hoops (2016-17) at the University of California, Los Angeles. The UCLA Bruins star was a Consensus First-Team All-American and NABC D-I All-America First Team and Freshman of the Year selection. Over his freshman season, Ball started all 36 games for UCLA and averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the field. In his collegiate debut, Ball posted 19 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in a win over Pacific. On Jan. 21, he posted a season-high 24 points during a home loss to Arizona. On March 4, Ball dished a season-high 14 assists during a home win over Washington State. Ball's Bruins ended the year with a mark of 31-5, which included an NCAA Tournament run that ended with a Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky. Over three tournament games, Ball averaged 14.3 points, 6.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds. After his freshman season ended, Ball declared himself eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick.

Gets to Bulls in sign-and-trade
GFree Agent
August 2, 2021
Ball has agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal with the Bulls in a sign-and-trade with the Pelicans. Chicago will send Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second-round pick to New Orleans, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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The Bulls continue to push into win-now mode, inking Ball to a significant contract after trading for Nikola Vucevic at the deadline last season. Ball is coming off a nice two-year stint with the Pelicans in which he averaged 13.1 points, 6.4 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 32.0 minutes per game. He also made 2.7 threes per contest at a 37.6 percent clip. He should play a similar role with the Bulls as the team's starting point guard, helping facilitate the ball to talented scorers Zach LaVine and Vucevic.
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2020

Ball's fourth season in the NBA showed promise, as the second-year Pelican recorded a career-best 14.6 points per contest. The 23-year-old notched season averages of 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.6 blocks in 31.8 minutes. The guard hit 41.4 percent from the field, 78.1 percent from the charity stripe and 37.8 percent from behind the three-point arc. One of Ball's best performances of the season came on May 1 against the Timberwolves, where the young Pelican accumulated a career-high 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 40 minutes. Three days later on May 4, Ball matched his career-high 33 points against the Warriors in a win. Ball posted one triple-double, three double-doubles and 43 double-digit scoring performances on the season. Defensively, the guard had a strong year, as he finished the season with 26 games logging at least two steals and 23 games notching at least one block. His best defensive performance came on April 28 against Denver, where Ball managed four steals and two blocks. The guard significantly improved his three-point shooting this season, as he posted a career-best 37.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc and he hit at least three three-pointers in 33 games. Overall, Ball led his team in assists (5.7) and steals (1.5), while he finished third in points (14.6).

2019

Ball appeared in 56 games for the Pelicans during the 2019-20 season before the NBA's hiatus. In the first part of the regular season, he averaged 12.4 points (career high), 7.0 assists, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 threes (career high), 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks in 32.4 minutes per game. The 6-foot-6 point guard also shot career highs in all percentages -- 41.2 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three and 56.7 percent from the free-throw line. Jan. 26 against the Celtics, Ball set a new single-game career high with 15 assists. He also had eight points, six rebounds, one steal and one block in 36 minutes in that contest. The UCLA product also set a new career high with seven made threes -- a feat he achieved three times during the 2019-20 season. Ball's other single-game season highs were 27 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Among the NBA ranks, Ball finished 13th in total assists (438), 14th in assists per game (7.0) and 18th in steals per game (1.4). Continuing to show off his multi-faceted game, Ball added three triple-doubles to his resume in 2019-20. Speaking to his stat-stuffing ability, Ball posted seven performances with 20-plus points, seven performances with at least 10 rebounds, 15 efforts with 10-plus assists, 14 efforts with at least three steals and 28 efforts with at least one block. In the six contests that Ball saw 40-plus minutes, he averaged 18.2 points, 9.3 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks. The Pelicans were one of the 22 teams invited to participate in the Orlando bubble for the resumption of the season. Appearing in seven of a possible eight seeding games, Ball averaged 7.1 points, 6.6 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 29.8 minutes.

2018

During his second season in the Association, Ball appeared in 47 games for the Lakers with 45 starts and averaged over 30 minutes of floor time per game. Ball recorded per game averages of 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists in his first season as a teammate with LeBron James. He improved his shooting relative to his rookie season and shot 40.6 percent from the field, including 32.9 percent from three-point land. On Dec. 15, Ball recorded his third career triple-double by registering 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win at Charlotte. Three nights later, he posted a season-high 23 points, to go with six rebounds, three assists and two steals, during a close loss at Brooklyn. Ball totaled four double-doubles during the 2018-19 season. He also showed quick hands on the defensive end by averaging 1.5 steals per game. Ball racked up five swipes in a game on three occasions. If it wasn't for missing the final two-plus months of the season due to an ankle injury, the UCLA product would have finished in the league's top-20 for steals per game.

2017

The second overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, Ball displayed countless positive traits in his rookie season. Ball's ball-handling skills and his ability to find open teammates proved to be his two greatest attributes. The 6-foot-6 point guard averaged 7.2 assists per contest, which ranked second among all rookies (Ben Simmons). He posted 10 or more helpers on 13 separate occasions, while failing to post at least five assists just nine times in 52 games. Ball averaged double figures in scoring (10.2 points) while chipping in 6.9 rebounds for good measure. The rookie made is NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 19, and generated three points, nine rebounds and four assists in a home loss to the Clippers. Ball's ability to contribute in a variety of areas led to 13 Double-Doubles and 2 Triple-Doubles. He registered is first career triple double on Nov. 11 with 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds during a loss at Milwaukee. Ball's length also allowed him to quickly earn a reputation as one of the NBA's most talented perimeter defenders. His 2.5 steals/blocks per contest was a terrific total for any player - especially a guard - and Ball's defensive contributions only serve to raise his floor moving forward. Ball's strong season led to him being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After two seasons in Los Angeles that were focused more on his family and his health than his play, Ball found renewed success in his first year with the Pelicans and produced arguably the best season of his three-year career. Ball played a career-high 63 games (of a possible 72) while averaging 32.1 minutes per tilt. In that time, the UCLA product put up a career-high 11.8 points to go with 7.0 dimes, 6.1 boards and 1.4 steals. His well-rounded play didn't just stop with counting numbers, as he saw marked improvement in his shooting -- something that was an issue for him in Los Angeles. Ball still shot just 40.3 percent from the floor, but his biggest improvements came in free-throw shooting, which improved from 41.7 percent to 56.6 percent, and three-point shooting, which improved from 32.9 percent to 37.5 percent. His increased usage led to more turnovers, but Ball was able to produce consistent numbers across most statistical categories. As the floor general of a fast-paced and high-scoring offense, Ball is in a good position to return top-75 value for fantasy managers in 2020-21 if he can stay healthy.
Ball once again struggled to remain healthy during the 2018-19 campaign, appearing in just 47 games for the Lakers. It's worth noting that he converted on 48.2 percent of his two-point field-goal attempts, which is an improvement from a season ago (42 percent), though his 3-point shooting remained relatively the same, hitting on 32.9 percent of his shots from distance. He finished the year averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 30.3 minutes per contest -- all down from his rookie season. However, the former second-round pick out of UCLA figures to be ready to roll to begin the upcoming season, and he'll take the court with a whole new group of talent. After being traded to New Orleans in mid-June, the Pelicans went out and drafted Zion Williamson, and they were also able to draw in Derrick Favors and J.J. Redick to add to the mix. While a promising starting five certainly bodes well for Ball, it remains to be seen what kind of scoring impact he'll have when sharing the court with Zion and others, especially when considering Ball's shooting struggles during his first two years in the league. The good news is that he looks to be the starter for New Orleans at point guard, so the minutes should be plentiful, assuming he's able to avoid injury. Nonetheless, many questions surround Ball heading into his third season.
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.
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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Becomes restricted free agent
GNew Orleans Pelicans
July 31, 2021
Ball was extended a qualifying offer by the Pelicans on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
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Out Sunday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
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May 15, 2021
Ball (thumb) is out for Sunday's finale against the Lakers.
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Won't play Friday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
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May 13, 2021
Ball (thumb) will not play Friday against Golden State, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
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Ruled out Wednesday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
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May 12, 2021
Ball has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks due to a right thumb strain.
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Efficient two-way performance
GNew Orleans Pelicans
May 10, 2021
Ball collected 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in a 115-110 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday.
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