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Lonzo Ball says ‘the sky is the limit’ for Pelicans

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Lonzo Ball is one of the many optimistic members of the New Orleans Pelicans, who are hoping to contend for a playoff spot in a grueling Western Conference. The 6-foot-6 point guard, who was traded alongside other Los Angeles Lakers young players in return for Anthony Davis, argues the Pelicans could even surpass the talent level of the former Lakers young core, coupled with a bevy of deft selections in this year’s NBA Draft:

“Our core could be even better here,” Ball told Shams Charania of The Athletic. “B.I., J. Hart were already part of the young core with me in L.A., and now we have Zion, Nickeil (Alexander-Walker), Jaxson (Hayes), and other guys that want to work and get better. The sky’s the limit.”

The Pelicans are investing in their youth by pairing them with strong veterans like Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick, and Derrick Favors, who should help them develop along the way.

Ball for one has already morphed his jump shot into a quality one, elevating his release point and tweaking the mechanics that rendered him into an inefficient shooter. The Chino Hills native has put his new form on display during the team’s first two games, already showing signs of progress — something he could repeat and improve on during the course of the season.

It seems the new environment and getting away from the pressure-cooker that is Los Angeles has greatly helped Ball, who now prepares to make waves with his new team and put on a show with teammates who took part in his development from his early days in the league.

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