Which team will draft Lonzo Ball: Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics? | The Tylt
Which team will draft Lonzo Ball: Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics?
There’s only one team that Lonzo Ball (okay, his father, LaVar Ball) has made known he wants to be drafted by—the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up about 40 miles away from Los Angeles, Ball was able to watch the Lakers win five championships, and dream he could do the same.
If you look at the draft prospects, Ball isn’t even the best prospect. According to DraftExpress, Washington guard Markelle Fultz is the highest rated player this year. Boston doesn’t even need to draft Ball to get a talented prospect. There is no way he would be happy playing with ball-hog Isaiah Thomas in Boston. Ball needs to have the rock in his hands to show his talent.
Ball would be a perfect fit in Los Angeles. His pass-first mentality paired with his ability to score gives Luke Walton a signature guard for his run and gun offense. LaVar Ball knows that, too. After seeing the Lakers receive the No. 2 pick, LaVar claimed that Lonzo was only going to work out for Los Angeles, leaving other teams in the dark, and making his selection a greater risk for other organizations.
You want an unhappy player being a distraction on your team, Boston? Don't think so. Pick someone else, and let the kid live out his dreams at home.
Funny thing about the draft—you can blow smoke all you want about where you want to go, but you still have zero choice. The Celtics don’t care what LaVar wants. Boston is in the driver’s seat with the No. 1 pick, and they will get Lonzo Ball.
LaVar Ball is just being selfish when he wants Lonzo to play in Los Angeles. There is nothing great about the Lakers situation. They haven’t made the playoffs in the last four years. Boston is playing in the Eastern Conference Finals this year. It doesn’t matter what LaVar says. Lonzo will be happy playing for a proven winner next season.
Don’t worry about Isaiah Thomas being a ball-dominant guard. The Celtics have this coach named Brad Stevens. You know him, right? He’s the same guy that took a relatively young team to the Eastern Conference Finals this year. He will find a way to make the pieces the fit together, and get the best out of Ball.
For all the hubbub surrounding where Ball wants to go, he really doesn’t have a say. Deep down, he is a basketball player who wants to play, and wants to win. There isn’t a better situation he will get anywhere else with a genius coach and a winning team.
And don’t underestimate the satisfaction of sticking it to those West Coast babies in Los Angeles. Taking away Ball or fleecing them for more picks (and one of their core players) would be a win-win for the Celtics.