Video: Lonzo Ball freezes Shaun Livingston with jab step
Lonzo Ball isn’t known for his offense, by any means. The UCLA product was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017 to be their floor generator and point guard of the future. By then, it was already understood that Ball had some clear offensive deficiencies.
Though, being an already-talented point guard, Ball has some handy moves he can pull out anytime. Against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Ball froze Shaun Livingston with a jab step before drifting by him to finish the play with a floater.
That jab step. 😬 pic.twitter.com/AYYRyUu0dX
— ESPN (@espn) March 15, 2018
The Warriors are one of the best defensive teams in the league. Even Livingston can hold his own defensively against most of his opponents, which is what makes this play so great. Ball is often ridiculed for his inability to score. He is only shooting just 36 percent from the field and 32 from the 3-point line this season. He is also shooting an abysmal 46 percent from the free throw line.
As it turns out, the Lakers will need Ball to score if they want to keep up with the Warriors on Wednesday night. The Warriors are the league’s hottest shooting teams when they are clicking, and this could be a challenge for this young Lakers team. However, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are not playing, giving the Lakers a realistic shot at avoiding a season sweep.
Ball’s offense may be deplorable, but it doesn’t mean that the rookie isn’t getting better in that regard. He might actually mature and become an offensive masterpiece for the Lakers as time progress. Right now, they’re going to need a monster effort from him to overcome the defending NBA champions.