LaVar Ball has been outspoken ever since his son, Lonzo, was selected second overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Now, his younger son LaMelo Ball projects to be a top five pick at this year’s draft.
The Ball family’s patriarch joined the “Road Trippin” podcast back in July that LaMelo will not be a good fit with the Golden State Warriors, who own the No. 2 pick. LaMelo spoke to the media on a conference call during the opening day of the 2020 NBA Draft Combine and disputed his father’s comments.
“My old man, he’s his own man. He has his opinions, I have mine,” LaMelo said. “I feel I could play on any team and do good anywhere I go, so anything that happens, I’m positive. Anywhere is a great fit. I mean, it’s the NBA. You put me with good players; I feel like it’s even going to be better.”
Ball played 12 games in the Australian League last season and averaged 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists. The 19-year-old will need to work on his shooting and shot selection. LaMelo connected on 25% of his 3-point attempts and shot just 37.5% from the field overall.
Golden State has plenty of options on what to do with the pick, but the team is reportedly leaning towards taking a wing. LaMelo is a ball-dominant guard who has good playmaking skills. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson already on the roster, Ball would have to adapt his game to fit with the team.
What do you think of LaMelo’s fit with the Dubs?