LaMelo Ball has been projected as the draft’s No. 1 pick and has already been shown to slide outside of the top five. Both could be true as the youngest Ball brother prepares for the life-changing event.
His outspoken father, LaVar, doesn’t want him in Golden State. He wants Ball to be the star of the show immediately, and he’ll likely get that as the Golden State Warriors should pass on Ball regardless of their spot in the draft.
Ball has upside as a scorer and distributor. He showed elite vision while in Australia, playing overseas instead of in college. Ball struggled mightily when it came to efficiency. He shot under 38% from the field and 25% from deep.
If his percentages were terrible in the IBL, do we expect them to drastically rise in a tougher league with much more active defenders? Of course not. His defensive and whether he can hold his own against bigger, stronger competition is also a concern.
The Warriors will want a player that has an uber-high ceiling that they can groom into their next star. Ball could be a star, but he may not be patient waiting behind the likes of two-time MVP Stephen Curry, one reason the Warriors may be targeting Tyrese Haliburton.