Lonzo Ball builds hype in Las Vegas Summer League

After a rocky beginning to the Las Vegas Summer League, rookie guard Lonzo Ball has showcased all the attributes that made him the No. 2 pick.

Ball has tallied consecutive triple-doubles in the tournament portion of the Summer League, where the Los Angeles Lakers have advanced to meet the Brooklyn Nets in the quarterfinals on Saturday night.

"Lonzo was great again," Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said. “He’s just incredible at getting that ball and pushing it. We want him to set the pace for our team, set the pace for the game. Get out, run for layups, get easy baskets."

For the event, Ball is averaging 17 PPG, 9.8 APG and 8.3 RPG. He has rebounded from an opening-night clunker in which he shot 2-of-15 from the field.

Ball’s shooting still has a long way to go for its effective in the NBA. Even during his latest triple-double–16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds–Ball shot just 6-of-20 from the field. His unorthodox shooting manner is an afterthought when witnessing the young guard run a fast break in transition.

Even at 19 years of age, Ball displays tremendous court vision. His height and wingspan make him a presence on defense, as well.

Ball’s successful Summer League campaign has also detracted from his boisterous father, LaVar. The elder Ball has been noticeably absent as Lonzo has shined on the floor. This can only be considered a positive, as Magic Johnson and Luke Walton should be the foremost authorities on basketball now that Lonzo is playing in the NBA.

LaVar Ball previously generated a firestorm by saying that his son is already better than Stephen Curry, and the family’s Big Baller Brand would retail shoes for $450. Perhaps not coincidentally, Lonzo has worn Nike and Adidas shoes in his last two games as opposed to the much-ballyhooed BBB sneakers.

With all that has transpired off the floor, the most positive developments have taken place on the hardwood. Ball has settled into a rhythm, which should excite Lakers fans for the upcoming season.

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