October 19, 2017, 10:49 pm
Lonzo Ball scored three points, grabbed nine rebounds, handed out four assists, and hit a trey while getting one steal and one block on Thursday night.
The rookie was welcomed to the league by the stifling defense of Patrick Beverley, who made sure Ball would not have an easy first game. Ball still has a nice upside outlook but it is now very clear that his preseason numbers will not directly translate to output when games count. He will have his ups and downs, but could still wind up as a top-100 player as he adjusts to professional play.