Lonzo Ball finally made his Los Angeles Lakers debut on Friday (July 7), playing in the team’s Las Vegas Summer League game against the Clippers. How did he do? Not so good.
The 19-year-old played 32 minutes and scored just 5 points, going 2-for-15 shooting and 1-for-11 from the three-point line. He did, however, notch 5 assists and 4 rebounds, as well as 3 turnovers.
There’s a lot of expectation on Ball, especially after his father LaVar touted him as the league’s next superstar in the months leading up to the draft. Still, the kid has a lot of time to improve… and he did show flashes of his skill on Friday.
As pointed out by ESPN, Ball has great court vision and defensive activity. “Ball was credited with five assists Friday night. That sells his playmaking short. Some of Ball’s best passes don’t result in an assist,” ESPN writes.
Following Lonzo’s performance, LaVar found a way to give it a positive spin. “Look how many Laker fans out here. He changed the culture. That’s what it’s about. It ain’t about being a superstar, it’s about him changing the culture. Instead of going to the movies, everybody going to watch the Lakers and Big Baller Brand. I’m outta here.”