Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball believes LiAngelo Ball ‘can make it’ to the NBA
New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball is not losing faith in his younger brother, LiAngelo Ball.
While LiAngelo hasn’t had any success in finding an NBA or G League team, Lonzo believes that the 20-year-old swingman will one day “make it” to the league. Lonzo is confident that his sibling has the tools and skills to play a the highest level.
“I think he can make it. He’s 6-foot-6, he can shoot, he’s 240 pounds, so he’s strong enough to guard anybody. I mean, as long he gets healthy and works on his handle, he should be alright,” Lonzo said during an interview with Big Boy TV (via Jacob Rude of Lonzo Wire).
LiAngelo went undrafted in 2018 and has received little to no interest from NBA teams since then. He also entered the G League player pool last season but went unsigned.
According to a previous report, the Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat expressed interest in adding LiAngelo to their 2019 Summer League roster. Unfortunately, he had to let go of the opportunity, opting to undergo surgery last June to repair his ankle that has been bothering him for the past few years.
LiAngelo is expected to use this year to rehab and prepare his body for the summer of 2020, when the youngest Ball brother — LaMelo Ball — is anticipated to enter the NBA.