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Isaiah Thomas thinks Lonzo Ball will be special despite broken shot

Lonzo Ball, Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas’ time with the Los Angeles Lakers was a brief one. In the near future, most people would have forgotten that Thomas had actually donned the Purple and Gold uniform. Despite his short stint in Los Angeles, Thomas thinks he’s seen enough of Lonzo Ball first hand to be a believer of the much-maligned point guard.

During a recent appearance on Tiki and Tierney, the Denver Nuggets court general said that although he doubts that the Lakers will ever fix Ball’s crude shooting motion, he thinks that the former UCLA star will become a “special player” in the NBA.

“Lonzo is a great kid,” Thomas said. “I don’t think they’re going to be able to fix his jump shot, but they can work with him and get it better than how it is right now. He’s a talented, talented young player that’s going to be special in this league because he has the tools to be special.”

Ball, who was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, has been constantly dinged by critics, mostly because of his atrocious shooting percentages. In his first year in the league, Ball shot just 36.0 percent from the field. He also recorded a horrendous 30.5 shooting percentage from behind the arc. Having said that, Ball managed to put together a solid rookie stat line of 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Lonzo Ball is only 20 years old, which means he has plenty of time left to improve. However, he has to show significant enhancements on his shot next season if he plans to convince the Lakers into picking up their club option on him at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.