There is a ton of optimism surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers right now thanks to the arrival of Lonzo Ball.
Back in June, Ball was selected with the second overall pick in the NBA draft by the Lakers, and he was signed to a four-year rookie scale contract the month after. He quickly started to shine for the team during the Summer League.
The point guard led the event in double-doubles and triple-doubles recorded, resulting in him being awarded the Summer League's MVP award. He averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game in the six games out of eight he played for the Lakers and was also named to the NBA Summer League first team.
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It's no wonder that people like the Lakers' president of basketball operations Magic Johnson believe that one day, there will be a Ball jersey up in the rafters at the Staples Center, despite the fact he is yet to play a regular season game in the NBA.
However, one Lakers legend has gone one further, as James Worthy has said Ball is the best talent the team has had since Magic was playing back in the 1980s, completely ignoring another great Laker, Kobe Bryant.
Worthy said according to TMZ Sports: “He enhances everybody on the court. We haven’t had someone with that type of talent really since Magic.”
Worthy probably isn't disrespecting Bryant here, he's probably just comparing the two as point guards, rather than actual talent that has played for the Lakers, which would make it a fair statement to say.
There's obviously been a ton of talent at the Lakers since Magic stopped playing for them, as they've won five NBA Championship since he stepped away from the team, with the last title coming in 2010.
There's a lot of expectation on Ball, and if he is the player which many are saying he is, he should thrive and succeed thanks to it.