The highly anticipated Summer League debut of Lakers rookie PG Lonzo Ball was up and down. The second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft flashed his passing prowess with highlight dishes and showcased nice rebounding ability as well, finishing his first game with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. However, Ball did have his fair share of struggles. He finished 2-15 from the field and 1-11 from three point range, while also committing 3 turnovers. Furthermore, he exhibited a lack of speed, explosiveness, and offensive prowess that limit his scoring upside in the NBA, posting only 5 points in 32 minutes.
It’s tough to see Lonzo Ball ever being a 20+ PPG scoring threat in the NBA, but it is clear that he will make his teammates better with his excellent passing ability. Ball constantly seeks to push the offensive tempo in transition and make the extra pass. While he shot poorly in his first two Summer League games, his 41% three point percentage in college and tendency to shoot from far beyond the three point line indicates his Summer League struggles were a momentary lapse, and he will likely be a very good shooter in the NBA in time.