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Lance Stephenson believes Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has "the full package"

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All eyes will be on Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball this season with huge anticipation surrounding the youngster's rookie campaign. 

Having been selected with the number two overall pick in this year's draft by his hometown team, the excitement to see him take to the Staples Center floor in a purple and gold uniform has been clear throughout the summer. 

Lakers fans sold out the majority of their team's Summer League games as they were desperate to catch a glimpse of their new star in action. 

Even the NBA's biggest superstar LeBron James was present at one of Lonzo's games in Las Vegas as the hype for the 19-year-old went into overdrive. 

On the court, Ball showed his quality with a number of eye-catching performances in the Summer League as he averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals, which saw him crowned as the MVP as he led the Lakers to the championship. 

It's not only fans that have been impressed by the UCLA product, though, as fellow NBA players have also enjoyed what they have seen from him. 

The latest to weigh in on Lonzo was the Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson who had some high praise for the Los Angeles native. 

2017 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

“I like Lonzo Ball," he said in an interview with Bleacher Report. "I’ve been watching him through the whole summer league and I’m feeling like, he got the full package. He just gotta put it all together and do it in the season.”

Despite all the off-court stuff surrounding Lonzo - which was largely created by his outspoken father LaVar - people are seeing that the point guard is hugely talented and deserves to be judged on his performances on the floor. 

Ball became the first player to have his own signature shoe before he was drafted courtesy of his family's Big Baller Brand. 

The company caused controversy by retailing the shoes at $495, but Stephenson has admitted that if the young guard lives up to his hype and takes the NBA by storm, he'll be buying one of his sneakers. 

2017 Las Vegas Summer League Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

"Yeah, definitely. If he plays good on the court, of course I’ll buy his shoe," he said. "If he ain’t doing nothing, I ain’t buying it. But if he’s killing it on the court and living up to expectations, I’ll buy his shoe."

Lonzo will have more pressure than any other rookie in his draft class and will be a target for most point guards he faces due to the public attention he's garnered this year. 

He will make his debut against cross-city rivals the Los Angeles Clippers on 20 October at what is sure to be a sold out Staples Center.

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