LaVar Ball has made it clear that he does not want his son to be overshadowed by Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.
This year’s NBA 2020 Draft class isn’t going to be as flashy as the past years. However, scouts are reporting that there is a wide selection of reliable players in the mix.
The past two draft classes have been filled superstars. Luka Doncic and Trae Young, both drafted in 2018, are already figuring out to be marquee franchise players. Both players have already made their All-Star games debut this year.
Meanwhile, 2019 draftees, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant are both leading their teams to their first Playoffs debut. These players rose to the task of leading their teams at a very young age because of a wide opportunity given to them by the franchise.
However, not all draftees get an opportunity like Doncic or Morant. Some of them have to follow the tutelage of a more established superstar in their rosters.
LaVar Ball says his son is not a “follower”
The animated LaVar Ball was quoted in a podcast saying that he doesn’t want LaMelo Ball to become a Warrior. His reasoning is simple. If LaMelo Ball suits up for the three-time champions, LaMelo will have to follow the footsteps of Curry and Thompson. He said,
“That’s the part I don’t like about Golden State. They got Klay and the other guys, and now you want to put Melo in that mix to say you got to follow these guys. Melo ain’t no follower. He don’t need to do what they do, let them do they thing.”
Golden State has a big chance of landing LaMelo Ball in their roster. However, keeping him in the mix with Curry, Thompson, and Wiggins may be detrimental to the team. Golden State has enough shooters and leaders on the floor. What they need now is a reliable supporting cast.
Nonetheless, the Warriors may still pick LaMelo ball as an early pick and eventually trade him for a more enticing and mature player available.
LaMelo Ball’s NBL career
LaMelo ball played for the Illawarra Hawks last year. In his short 12 games stint, Ball took home the NBL Rookie of the Year Award. He averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, seven assists, and 1.7 steals.
Given his professional career experience and overseas experience, LaMelo is expected to be drafted within the first three spots of the NBA 2020 Draft.
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