Future Watch: Lonzo Ball Rookie Basketball Cards, Lakers – After losing their hall-of-fame guard Kobe Bryant at the end of the 2015-16 season, the Los Angeles Lakers entered their second rebuilding season in 2017-18. Looking to add a player to compliment scorer Brandon Ingram, the Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The 6′-6″, 190lb, point guard out of UCLA earned consensus first-team All-American honors in his only year with the Bruins. Prior to being one-and-done at UCLA, Ball led the Chino Hills High School basketball team to a 35-0 record and a state title in his senior year. During his senior year in High School, Ball received a number of national honors including: Naismith Prep Player of the Year, the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year, USA Today Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball USA.
While he was at UCLA, Ball dominated the competition in the PAC-12. For the season, he averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. He was the only player in the nation to average at least 14 points, six assists and six rebounds, and was the first player in the PAC-12 since California’s Jason Kidd in 1993-94 to average those numbers. Ball was the only freshman in college to be a finalist for the Wooden Award, Naismith College Player of the Year and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. The only knock on Ball during his tenure in college was his unorthodox shooting stroke. His shots fell in the NCAA, but scouts worried about his ability to consistently get his shot off at the NBA level.
Lonzo Ball is already a highly gifted passer, with the ability to make cross-court passes to open teammates in run-and-gun situations. His passing is also beneficial in half-court sets as he has shown this preseason that he can find his teammates at the rim for an easy alley-oop. This preseason, Ball is second on the Lakers with five rebounds per game. His ability to rebound and get out on the fast-break will make the Lakers an offensive threat immediately. Keep an eye on his shooting as the season progresses. Ball has struggled to shoot efficiently this preseason (33.3 FG%, 25 3P%), but he won’t be used as a top scoring option on this Lakers team. Instead, he’ll be asked to facilitate the offense as a creator. Many analysts are suggesting that Ball will accumulate a lot of “Hockey Assists” this year with his ability to push the ball up the court. Fans have a LOT to look forward to in the coming years. Ball and his boisterous father have pledged their allegiance to Laker Nation for many years to come.
Lonzo Ball already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Ball in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
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Here’s a look at cards featuring Lonzo Ball in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform.
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