1. LaMelo Ball
Emerging from the shadows of his father and older brothers, LaMelo Ball is quickly making a name for himself. Electing to play overseas rather than at UCLA, Ball showed us all that he has real potential to be a court general in the future.
Ball might be the best playmaker to enter the draft since his brother, Lonzo. The 18-year old nearly led the NBL in assists per game with an average of 7.0 dimes a night. His vision and creativity open up a ton of looks for his teammates and he has no trouble shifting the defense with his clean handle.
His scoring could use a bit of work. He has an efficient floater and is excellent at using his long limbs to wrap around defenders and finish around the rim. However, his stroke from the 3-point line is subpar and he suffers from an erratic shooting form.
Luckily, these are things that can be fixed. With time, Ball can be the all-around package on offense. Then, it would only take a bit of enthusiasm to turn him into a strong defender. He is already quick to react in the passing lane. Now, he just needs to improve guarding ball handlers.
If anyone in this draft class is worthy of carrying the torch, it’s LaMelo. The only question is, will the Warriors take a chance on him?