LaMelo Ball is off to a decent start to his NBA career, but it’s time to pump the brakes on the narrative that this guy is the second coming of Michael Jordan. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. Those are solid statistics for any rookie but let’s not rush to crown him just yet.
Just think about if Michael Jordan came up in this social media crazed era of today’s world and how that would compare to what Ball is already receiving. Ball is coming off the bench and contributing to the Hornets, but Jordan was not only a starter in his rookie year, but he was also selected as a starter in the All-Star game that same season. Though Jordan was a few years older than Ball in his rookie year, he was a more polished player.
Ball still has quite a bit of work to do particularly with his jump shot that is just hideous to watch, to put it kindly. He’s able to knock one in now and then, but it’s still far from consistency you would want to see in an NBA-caliber player.
While he’ll likely end up being better than his brother Lonzo, let’s all slow down a bit on the hype train while that’s barely left the station.
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