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E’Twaun Moore calls Lonzo Ball a ‘true point guard,’ says Ball is ‘underrated defensively

Pelicans, E'Twaun Moore, Lonzo Ball

Count eight-year NBA veteran shooting guard E’Twaun Moore as excited to play alongside point guard Lonzo Ball.

Moore, 30, speaking to HoopsHype, called his newest Pelicans teammate Ball a “true point guard,” and praised the 21-year-old as a player coming into his own.

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The game doesn’t have too many true point guards – it’s dying down because everyone is a scoring point guard. He’s a great player. I’ve always liked his game, even going back to his time at UCLA. He can do some things on the court that you can’t teach – that vision and feel for the game and ability to make certain passes and plays. Defensively, he’s very good. He might be underrated defensively. Guys don’t understand how much he impacts the game by pressuring the ball with him being a tall, 6-foot-6 point guard. Man, he’s definitely going to help us out a lot. It’s going to be exciting.

New Orleans traded for Ball, along with Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, with the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for All-NBA power forward Anthony Davis. Ball’s, a former second-overall selection, 2018-19 season was cut short due to an ankle injury. He only appeared in 47 games for the Lakers last season and had been sidelined since mid-January.

Now, the third-year guard gets a fresh, new start in New Orleans, playing with this year’s first overall pick Zion Williamson and veteran guard—and one-time All-Star—Jrue Holiday.

Moore, a former second-round pick, has been with the Pelicans franchise since 2016.