LaMelo Ball’s polarizing potential draws interesting takes in NBA agents survey
LaMelo Ball has taken over headlines as the 2020 NBA Draft approaches. Like any young rookie coming into the league, there are still a ton of questions that looms around Ball’s future and potential.
However, amid all the controversies surrounding the young point guard’s name, it still looks like Ball is poised to have an emphatic entrance to the NBA.
In a recent poll by The Athletic involving 20 anonymous league agents, Ball has come out as one of the most-talked about prospect of this year’s draft. In ranking the most intriguing talenta, Ball received 7.5 votes, which is the highest among his class. Though intrigue should be separate from actual and statistical evaluation, it definitely helps Ball’s case in possibly landing a top three spot in the upcoming NBA draft.
“With everything considered, the route he took, I just think he’s a guy who people are all over the place on. He fits the bill as much as anybody ever,” an agent said.
After playing high school basketball for both Chino Hills and SPIRE Institute, Ball decided to skip college and try his luck in different leagues. His latest stint was all the way down under in Australia where he played 12 games in the NBL for the Illawara Hawks. As the Hawks’ main gunner, the 19-year-old averaged 17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists before a foot injury forced him to an early exit.
With already a ton of history on and off the court behind him, mixed reviews are to be expected of the young prospect. Whether people like him or not, he’s got everyone talking and all this buzz around his name only helps him even more.
In the same poll, one agent mentioned, “That could go really good or really bad,” while another one said, “I think he has such a high ceiling but the difference from his top to bottom is the biggest of anyone in the draft.”
Though still very much raw, Lamelo Ball’s undeniable NBA-ready talent is definitely worth a look. Don’t be surprised if he does end up as this year’s first overall pick.