Video: Lakers’ Lonzo Ball blocks Marvin Williams at the top, outlets for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope slam
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is having quite the impressive night in Charlotte.
Check him out here turning a nice defensive play into a fast-break slam:
Lonzo Ball swats Williams at the rim and fires the outlet to KCP for the slam. pic.twitter.com/ADDPVAVfqZ
— Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) December 16, 2018
When your point guard can block someone at the rim then quickly fire a perfect outlet pass to his teammate for an easy dunk in transition, you know you have a specially-talented kid on your hands.
Coming into Saturday’s game, Lonzo Ball was averaging 8.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in over 28.5 minutes per game while shooting 38.1 percent from the floor, 30.2 percent from three-point range, and a dreadful 56 percent from the free-throw line.
There is no doubt that Ball has had his struggles, as evidenced by his lackluster shooting percentages and his minus-5.9 net rating, but there are flashes of talent he displays that no one can deny.
Right now, Lonzo Ball’s biggest issues are certainly his shot and staying healthy. Also, the Lakers have undergone dramatic changes since Ball’s rookie season last year, adding some guy named LeBron James plus other pieces such as JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, and Rajon Rondo, so it is going to take some time for Ball to fully become acclimated to playing with his teammates.
The 21-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at UCLA, was originally selected by Los Angeles with the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He went on to play in 52 games during an injury-riddled rookie campaign, registering 10.2 points, 7.2 dimes, 6.9 boards, and 1.7 steals a night while making just 36 percent of his field-goal attempts, 30.5 percent of his long-range tries, and 45.1 percent of his foul shots.