Charles Barkley & Shaq Argue About Lonzo Ball’s Shooting Ability After Ball’s Scoreless Game
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After watching Lonzo Ball get outscored 32-0 by Damian Lillard during the Lakers loss to the Blazers, the TNT ‘Inside the NBA’ crew discussed Ball’s offensive game and “lack of hunger” to be an offensive force. Charles Barkley’s simple explanation for Ball’s lack of aggressiveness on the offensive end was, “he just can’t shoot.”
Barkley also explained how Ball’s shooting form prevents him from getting his shot off quick enough and why he can only shoot going to his left: “He’s got this defect in his game because he can only shoot the ball from the left side of his body. So he can only shoot going left. He can’t go right because he’s bring the ball from the left. He’s only a half a player right now. And guys are taking half of his body away.”
Shaq disagreed with Barkley’s assessment on Ball and brought up the rookie’s 29 (not 39 as Shaq says) point performance against the (no defense-playing) Phoenix Suns earlier in the season.
Kenny Smith defended Ball by saying the Lakers’ point guard has the capability of dominating a game by controlling the pace of a game, like a Jason Kidd or a Steve Nash.
After eight regular season games, Ball is averaging 9.1 points on .326 FG%, .278 3PT% and .556 FT%. During his 36 games at UCLA, Ball averaged 14.6 points on .551 FG%, .412 3PT% and .673 FT%. The following graphic shows Ball’s shot chart in college, which should give Lakers fans some hope.
Also worth pointing out is Jason Kidd (who Ball is often compared to) had 31 games during his rookie season with less than 10 points and had 11 games when he shot 20% or worse, including a 1-of-10 game.
IS LONZO BALL GOING TO BE AN ALL-STAR
Earlier in the night, the ‘Inside the NBA’ crew brought up many of the same points about Ball’s game while discussing if they thought he was going to be an All-Star. Barkley, who said he does like Lonzo but hates his Daddy, doesn’t see Ball as an All-Star at the competitive point guard spot anytime soon. I personally think Lonzo has the potential to be a perennial All-Star in the near future but wouldn’t be surprised to see him make the team earlier because of the power of fan voting and the Daddy Charles Barkley hates. Always remember, BJ Armstrong once started on the All-Star team and Zaza Pachulia almost made it two years in a row.