Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball ‘reminds’ Terry Stotts of Jason Kidd
The Los Angeles Lakers may have a star in the making with rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. The UCLA product has all the qualities of a potential star and possibly even a superstar with the Lakers brass excited about the possibilities.
With Ball gaining national attention even before he was drafted second overall by the Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft, the 20-year-old has been compared to former NBA greats. One comparison that has continually come up is one-time NBA champion and current Milwaukee Bucks head coach, Jason Kidd.
Terry Stotts, head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, talked about Ball and what he thought about the rookie after Thursday’s game. Stotts also sees the Kidd comparison, via Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.
Terry Stotts on Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball: “I love his demeanor on the court. He reminds me of a young Jason Kidd. I really like his game.”
— kerry eggers (@kerryeggers) November 3, 2017
At this point, the Kidd comparison seems to be right on the money. Ball, like Kidd, has proven to be one of the better rebounding point guards in the league while also being able to distribute the basketball at a high level.
Eight games into his rookie season, Ball is averaging 9.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. Although the rebounds and assists have been impressive for the highly-touted rookie, the guard’s scoring numbers have left something to be desired as he’s coming off the first scoreless performance of his career.
Ball went 0-for-2 from the floor on Thursday against the Blazers finishing without a single point. The Lakers ultimately fell to Stotts’ Blazers due to a game-winning three-pointer from Damian Lillard.
On Friday, all eyes will be on Ball once again as he’ll go head-to-head against former Laker D’Angelo Russell for the first time at the Staples Center. Russell was traded in the offseason to the Brooklyn Nets in order making way for Ball’s arrival.