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Lonzo Ball looking forward to playing with Jrue Holiday for Pelicans

Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball is looking forward to playing with Jrue Holiday in The Big Easy.

Ball says he doesn’t have a close relationship with Jrue, but that he knows Jrue’s younger brother Aaron very well since they were teammates at UCLA.

The Pelicans might have the best defensive backcourt in the NBA with Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday. Opposing guards are going to have nightmares going up against the Pelicans in 2019-20. If Ball can knock down his jump shot more consistently in New Orleans, he’s going to be a borderline All-Star player.

In his two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ball averaged 10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists, but he shot just 38.0 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 43.7 percent from the free-throw line. Those are some pretty horrendous shooting splits for Ball. The guard has to become a better shooter moving forward. That facet of his game is pretty much the only area Ball struggles in, as he’s a good driver, finisher, passer and on-ball defender.

Can the Pelicans make the playoffs in 2019-20? Their roster is pretty solid on paper. Of course, all eyes are going to be on No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. However, guys like JJ Redick, Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday will have to use their veteran instincts to help the youngsters in New Orleans learn what it takes to win in the NBA.