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LaMelo Ball’s biggest concern as an NBA Draft prospect


NBA executives have fretted about this upcoming 2020 NBA Draft with plenty of questions yet to be answered. LaMelo Ball, arguably the best point guard available in the draft, has raised a few questions, some that even go beyond his outspoken father, LaVar Ball.

Despite playing only 12 games in foreign soil after joining the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League, Ball has done enough to enamor some front-office personnel:

“He’s versatile, has size for his position, and can handle and pass it,” an NBA general manager told Jeff Goodman of Stadium. “I’d go with LaMelo, especially with perimeter guys — and guys who can make plays — so valuable in today’s NBA.”

Yet that praise hasn’t come without its share of criticism, as some worry about much more than what LaVar may say upon drafting him:

“I love his playmaking, but he has questions with his commitment on defense,” a scout said. “I’m not worried about his dad at all. I’m worried about his maturity.”

The 2020 NBA Draft is being largely viewed as a hollow one, without very much substance of talent emanating from the college ranks or international waters. It surely doesn’t help that Ball only played 12 games as a pro.

While his dynamic court vision, willingness to step up in big moments, and all-around offensive play isn’t a question, Ball will have to bulk up and learn to play the other side of the ball — something that makes him an automatic liability in the eyes of scouts.

The other two top-three prospects, James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards, have yet to make a case to be the undisputed top pick, but they have shown a better balance of offense and defense than the young Ball has thus far.