Los Angeles Lakers second-year point guard Lonzo Ball is nearing his return to the court in his continued recovery from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.
The 20-year-old appears to be closing in on a return, which LeBron James spoke highly of the UCLA products ability on the floor to play the point guard position that he believes he is naturally born to do, according to Joey Ramirez of Lakers.com.
James said that Ball, as last year’s starting point guard, “knows this system better than anybody.” With either Ball or Rajon Rondo running point at all times, James sees a significant impact from having both players available.
“When you got two born point guards — they were just born to be point guards — running the show,” James said, “it just puts people in their respective, right positions. And they command that.”
In his rookie campaign, Bal had shown plenty of potential on the court with his unselfish play on the floor along with his court vision that allowed him to make plays with the ball in his hands while elevating the play of his teammates around him.
This saw him finish his first year averaging all-around numbers with 10.2 points on 36 percent shooting from the floor and 30.5 percent from 3-point range along with 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per contest in 52 games played. This saw him record 24 double-digit scoring outputs along with 13 double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles. He has continued to build upon this over the offseason, which is something that James has quickly noticed playing alongside him in practice over the last couple of weeks to a greater degree.
The 2018-19 season could see him take the next step forward in his development into becoming a more efficient passer while getting the opportunity to learn from the likes of James and Rajon Rondo, who are regarded as two of the league’s best passers. This is a situation that could see him move forward toward becoming one of the long-term cornerstone for the franchise.
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