August 9, 2020, 6:26 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball went an ugly 2-for-10 from the field on Sunday, finishing with five points, five rebounds, 10 assists and a pair of blocks.
Ball's never been known as an efficient scorer but this was a big disappointment as the Pelicans saw their playoff dreams end today. He's been particularly off with his shot in the bubble, going 13-for-50 from the field, erasing a lot of the good work he's done with his assists and defensive stats. Ball's got a fun stat set but won't hit his ceiling without modest steps forward as an offensive threat.
August 6, 2020, 4:33 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball nearly had himself a double-double in Thursday's loss to the Kings, finishing with nine points, 11 assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and two turnovers.
Ball has struggled mightily with his shot in the resumption league, shooting .303 from the field and .333 from the free throw line. This has erased much of the value he has brought to the table in 8/9-cat formats. Hopefully, Thursday's shooting (4-of-7) will become more of the norm for the last four contests.
August 1, 2020, 9:13 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball grabbed six rebounds to go with seven points, three assists and two triples in 24 minutes on Saturday.
The Pelicans were beat from start to finish by the Clippers, eventually losing by 23 and dropping to 0-2 in the NBA restart. Ball has struggled in both games, averaging 5.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists on 4-of-19 shooting from the field. Ball and the Pelicans have a good bounce-back opportunity vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.
July 30, 2020, 9:31 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball played hard in the Pelicans' first game of the NBA restart on Thursday but struggled to get going offensively, shooting just 2-of-13 from the floor for four points, six boards, seven assists, two steals and three turnovers in 27 minutes.
Ball was definitely working hard and creating plays for his teammates, but the hustle didn't turn into efficient scoring. That has been the tale of the tape for Lonzo, who continues to improve in non-scoring facets of the game, but until he sorts out his efficiency issues, his upside will be capped.
July 27, 2020, 10:36 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball had a full line in Wednesday's scrimmage against the Bucks with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with two triples, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Ball went 2-for-7 from deep, but we'll just chalk it up as an off day. He got it done on the defensive side of the ball and plays even better with Zion Williamson on the floor.
July 26, 2020, 12:29 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball played poorly in limited minutes on Saturday, scoring three points with three rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes.
Ball had his best season on the court and in fantasy this season, posting top-50 value in 8-cat leagues. His field goal percentage and free throw percentage still need to improve, but his rebounds, assists, threes and defensive stats make him a valuable asset in fantasy.
July 22, 2020, 9:06 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball scored eight points with three rebounds, three assists and one block in 19 minutes vs. the Nets on Wednesday.
Ball shot 3-of-9 from the field and 2-of-5 from deep. He is shooting a career-best 38.3 percent from three this season, and his shooting tonight was consistent with that mark. He plays well with Zion Williamson and has turned into a good floor-spacer for the Pelicans with his improved shooting. He posted top-50/70 value in 8/9-cat leagues before the season was suspended, and he is likely to continue that pace when the season resumes.
July 15, 2020, 11:00 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball had a great season in his first year with the Pelicans, averaging 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.5 triples, 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks, returning 48/70 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
Ball did struggle with his percentages, shooting just .567 from the free throw line and .412 from the field, in what could have been an even better fantasy season for him. The Pelicans were excited to pair him with Jrue Holiday and the experiment turned out really well, as Ball was finally able to break out. He even developed some chemistry with Zion Williamson towards the end of the season, in what led to a series of impressive highlights. The Pelicans seem invested in the Ball-Zion duo going forward and the charismatic guard looks to be an elite fantasy option as long as he is able to remain healthy.
March 22, 2020, 6:37 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
David Griffin said that Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson have "a very special connection" with one another on the basketball court.
Ball and Williamson have both burst onto the fantasy scene this year, and having a long, versatile point guard tossing up lobs to Zion's insane athleticism is a perfect fit. Out of the shadow of LeBron and all the nonsense that comes with playing for the Lakers, Ball was rolling at early-round levels before the season was suspended. It looks like he and Williamson will be working that alley-oop connection for years to come, which is music to the ears of fantasy owners.
Source: Oleh Kosel on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 6:39 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball kept his foot on the gas on Sunday, tallying 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four more 3-pointers.
Ball has hit 21 threes over his last four games and despite today's seven turnovers, even 9-cat GMs are loving the Pelicans version of his game. Ball has been, well, balling, and is cooking with early-round value right now. Enjoy the ride.
March 7, 2020, 12:08 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday finished Friday's 110-104 win over the Heat on Friday with 20 points (7-for-13 shooting), six assists, six rebounds, three steals, three triples and a block.
Holiday and Lonzo Ball (16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block) were key to the Pelicans getting a crucial win to stay alive in the Western Conference playoff race. Look for the Pelicans to continue to rely on both of the talented guards as they make their push which should mean good things for fantasy.
March 5, 2020, 12:30 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball hit seven triples for the second consecutive game in Wednesday's road loss, notching 25 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.
Ball continues to roll and is cooking with top-20 value in the last two weeks. He's all over the place these days and was scrapping for rebounds in amongst the trees tonight. The up-tempo style in New Orleans has fit Ball like a glove and he's going to be a tremendous source of counting stats from here on out. Brandon Ingram also kept up his outstanding season with 27 points, five boards, four assists, a steal, a block and three triples.
March 3, 2020, 10:52 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball had 26 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals on Tuesday in a loss to the Wolves.
Since Zion Williamson has burst on to the scene, Ball has been dynamite. He ranks inside the top-40 over the past two months and inside the top-20 over the past six games. Ball and Williamson have an obvious connection and have already had some highlight-reel plays during Williamson's first taste of the NBA. During this two month stretch, most of which included Zion, Ball is averaging 12.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Those numbers are worthy of fantasy super-stardom.
March 1, 2020, 10:44 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball had 19 points with nine rebounds and nine assists in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday.
Ball shot 7-of-15 from the field and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. He added three steals and one block to the stat sheet. Ball is a top-30 option over the past month and has been playing some of his best basketball since Zion Williamson made his debut.
February 28, 2020, 11:12 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball filled up the stat sheet with five points, six rebounds, 12 assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Friday's win.
Ball's never going to be a big scorer but this line is him at his multi-cat best. He's rolling with top-30 value in his last 11 games and is rolling along with outstanding production in threes, assists and steals, with positive contributions in blocks and rebounds out of the point guard slot.