LaMelo Ball's NBL Debut

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LaMelo Ball's NBL Debut

Here's a quick summary of how LaMelo's pro debut went

In 32 minutes, LaMelo Ball finished with 12 points (6/17 from the field, 0/5 from deep, 0/1 from the line. He also snagged 10 boards, dished out 5 assists, picked up 4 steals and 1 block with zero turnovers and 3 fouls.

LaMelo's flamboyant playstyle was immediately felt as following the first possesion he ripped a rebound off the rim and sent it spiraling down the court with a one handed bullet pass which appears to be his go to style of passing. While Ball wasn't as efficient as many hoped he'd be, he wasn't taking bad shots. He played within the flow of the offense and appeared very selfless in comparison to his teammate Aaron Brooks.

As you probably all know, LaMelo put one of his defenders on skates as he toyed with him but there were several other times where LaMelo could've been more efficient with his dribbling and had better control.

On defense, Ball appeared to be average. While he has a natural feel for jumping passing lanes much like Lonzo, his fundamentals when guarding on-ball are below average at best. It's clear he has the tools to be an above-average defender but as of right now he's a bit of a liability on ball. Although, his effort is definitely improving.

LaMelo looked very comfortable keeping the ball fizzing around. At times it looked like he was more focused on passing the ball as soon as he got it than anything else.

LaMelo's dexterity and ability to contort his body is what stood out the most and it is very clear that he has matured drastically as a basketball player in the space of a year. His effortless demeanor and natural feel for the game were on full display and I can't wait to see how he performs moving forwards.

Right now I would guess that LaMelo Ball's draft stock sits in the top 7. His commitment to maturing as a basketball player and learning the professional game is impressive and speaks volumes about his commitment to the game.

A few notes on the rest of the game:
- Illawarra lost to Brisbane 90-81.
- Aaron Brooks when on the court did ball-hog but did also drop 20+ points off the bench.
- Brisbane featured players such as former Atlanta Hawk Lamar Patterson and Nathan Sobey.
- I'm still really mad at Josh Boone for screwing up several catches and that one particular dunk off of the Melo dime.
- LaVar Ball got 10 seconds of screen time.


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Why isnt Aaron Brooks an NBA

Why isnt Aaron Brooks an NBA player? I think despite his age he can still play at this level.

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defense liability..he plays

defense liability..he plays no D and he's short. Good player though.

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Lamelo

I think he could be better in time. He's solid, he can shoot it more efficiently than his debut suggests. I hope he is just experiencing opening day jitters

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It was definitely opening day

It was definitely opening day jitters when it came to his jumper. There were several occassions where he rushed his shot in a panic.

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I still think he shot looks

I still think he shot looks off, but time will tell.

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