June 22, 2017, 4:47 pm
The Lakers selected UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the second pick in the draft.
As ordained by Zeus himself (if LaVar Ball is to be believed), the Lakers finally, mercifully put this saga to an end. It began with Ball’s camp saying he would only play for the Lakers only to have the team portrayed as less and less enthused with him as the pre-draft process wore on. The surprise trade of D’Angelo Russell opened up a spot in the backcourt and all but guaranteed that Lonzo was L.A. bound. Ball may very well start for the Lakers, but we’d wait to see how the rest of the offseason shakes out before declaring him a viable fantasy asset. His college averages of 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 1.8 steals on an efficient .551 from the field and .412 from deep were outstanding and he shouldn’t be a drag on percentages even with his funky shot. As it stands now he should be a fine pick in the back half of drafts whose major weakness, like that of so many other rookie guards, will be turnovers. He averaged 2.5 per game with the Bruins this past season. Unless the Lakers get their hands on a superstar, Ball should have plenty of minutes on his plate this season.