Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
17.0 7.6 6.8 1.6 0.1 37.5 25.0 72.3 42.5 16.1
Sales Pitch
Insane combination of size and passing ability for a player of his position. Franchise guard potential if he can prove consistency with his outside shooting.
Background
One of the most discussed and hyped prospects in the 2020 Draft Class will be LaMelo Ball. It hasn't been the most traditional path to the draft for LaMelo, as he's played everywhere from Lithuania to the High School level and then back overseas recently with the NBL. Ball spent this year playing for the Illawarra Hawks in the NBL. A league known for its physicality and rising play, Ball more than held his own this year when it came to a production standpoint. Although Ball has been in the national attention for quite some time, there's no denying the talent that he displays. One of the most decorated passers in recent history, Ball has the vision to become a sensational playmaker at the NBA level. When you pair that skill set with his size (6'7") and ball-handling ability, it's not a shock why LaMelo is considered a potential number one overall pick in this years draft.
Pro Comparison
Combination of Shaun Livingston and Jason Williams.
Positives

PLAYMAKING ABILITY

  • A dime throwing machine all over the court. Has sensational vision and anticipation for passing lanes. Makes plays before they happen and throws his teammates open, much like an NFL quarterback. Does a great job of seeing the floor ahead, especially in transition. Can fit the ball into tight windows when it comes to P&R opportunities. 

BALL HANDLING

  • Handles the rock like it's a yo-yo. Does a great job of setting up defenders with hesitations. A good arsenal of advanced moves off the dribble as well. Does a great job feeling out the offense and understanding angles as a ball handler.

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL

  • His combination of size, length, and footwork leaves you intrigued for his potential to become a plus defender at the next level. Has good quickness laterally for a player of his size. If he can continue to add strength, he should be able to hold his own in switchable situations against wings. 
Negatives

OUTSIDE SHOOTING

  • Shooting consistency and mechanics leave you concerned about his overall offensive potential at the next level. Shot selection is questionable. Settles for deep three's and ended up shooting 25.0% from deep this year. Much like his brother Lonzo, can argue that LaMelo needs a shooting coach to reconstruct his mechanics at the next level. 

FINISHING

  • Has great size for a primary ball-handler, but struggles with finishing at the rim consistently. Nice touch with his floaters, but he settles for them too often. Needs to become a stronger player around the rim. 

FOCUS 

  • While LaMelo projects to have some serious untapped potential on the defensive side of the ball, his effort defensively raises some serious questions. Relaxes too much and gets a bit lazy. Has shown struggles with defending screens. Needs to add some serious strength in the weight room if he wants to be able to handle more physical opponents. 
Overall
If you were to take away all of the media attention that LaMelo Ball has received over the recent years, he'd still be in the discussion for the number one overall pick. Ball jumps out on tape because of his playmaking ability at 6'7". Players with his measurables don't come often. LaMelo has two fantastic skill sets that should transition for him...his ball-handling and vision on the basketball court. He will have to zone in on his attention to detail on the defensive side of the ball, and his shot needs some work, but the tools are going to entice a team to make him their point guard for the future.
Birthplace

Chino Hills, CA
United States

Draft Selection
3
LaMelo Ball
Taking our first look at one of the hot names in NBA Draft circles.