Anonymous
Last week

Lamelo Ball now consensus #1 pick

ESPN has now joined other mock drafters to place him at #1 on the mock draft. Lamelo will be the next big superstar.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamzagoria/2019/12/02/espn-now-projecting-lamelo-ball-to-the-knicks-as-the-no-1-pick-in-the-nba-draft/#241697a07dd5

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Anonymous  
Last week

And punters around here bag him, some people no f..king idea.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Says a lot about those that are below him, doesn't it.
Can't be very good at all.

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Anonymous  
Last week

rightly so

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Anonymous  
Last week

[ And punters around here bag him, some people no f..king idea ]

yes people like ME, koberulez and rjd have no f***ing clue

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Anonymous  
Last week

Hampton ranked #5
Josh Green #16 and potentially rising
Makur Maker #35.

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NBL_Scout  
Last week

He's earnt the number 1 spot so far by showing glimpses of worked class unteachable talent, has a bit of work to do but what 18yo player doesn’t.

This is overall a fairly weak draft class so look for the order to change regularly throughout the season as more players put their best foot forward. Especially around March madness.

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Reality  
Last week

Wow....lite of draft year.

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Anonymous  
Last week

makur maker is underrated at #35. He should be a top
10 draft pick along with Josh Green

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Reality  
Last week

Makur Maker talk about a mature age recruit

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Anonymous  
Last week

Being number 1 these days does not lock in being a superstar. These mock drafts fluctuate so much, it's all a great hype machine. He’s a great player and will get better, but the hype especially from some nbl commentators is too much. It’s not lamelo’s fault.

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rjd  
Last week

"yes people like ME, koberulez and rjd have no f***ing clue" - anonotroll

WTF? This has nothing to do with Boomers discussion. What a pathetic, cowardly troll you are.

On topic, Ball appears to be developing well. Interesting that Ball is now getting this attention while not really being in any all-NBL teams discussion. I wonder if teams are starting to re-calibrate the value of young players in pro ball environments with tangible playmaking talent since Doncic started dominating after being snubbed for number 1, despite being an 18 year-old Euroleague MVP and Final 4 MVP.

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D2.0  
Last week

Some people don't understand.
#1 Pick doesn't mean he's the best player currently, so does not imply those below him are crap.
But this kid is only a few months over 18, and he's strutting his stuff in a tough professional league.
So you've a go choice between him, and a player who may be better, bigger, stronger, and more advanced, but has taken 4 years of college to get there...
It's a no brainer especially when you factor in the media factor.
There will always be hype around any number one pick, but whomever gets Lamelo gets an additional PR boost right off the bat.
18 yr kid going halfway round the world to a league most people never heard of and comes back #1 pick, the media will eat that up with a spoon.

Not saying you would draft on that basis, but it would certainly be a nice cherry on the cake.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Wow.....lite brain you have there Reality

First player to have back to back triple doubles in the 40 minute era. Oh and he's 18. Yeah you're right there's no potential there lol.

I love this Forum!

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Anonymous  
Last week

Lol^

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Isaac  
Last week

Even if you account for him doing it on a weak team and putting up a lot of shots, it's still a very decent effort. We are stingy with assists, for one thing. His dad's a twit and I can understand people resenting that, but at what point are some people hating hype for the sake of it?

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Anonymous  
Last week

Lamelo Ball will be the best player to have ever played NBL. Think about that for a moment.

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RJL  
Last week

He'd be racking up more assists if the hawks bigs weren't missing sitters under the basket.

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Violet Crumble  
Last week

It's hard to gauge where he’s at, relative to his peers in the US college system, just because we don’t really have many situations worthy of comparison. Other than Hampton, the only other real comparable scenario is Ferguson coming in as a potential lottery pick, and he really struggled his season here, but despite that he’s carved out a niche in the NBA after going 18th overall (granted he plays a very specific role that highly sought after, as a 3-&-D wing with length and athleticism). Lonzo went 2nd, and I think Lamelo is a better prospect than his brother, in as much as he also is a more skilled ball handler/scorer, but probably doesn’t have his defensive prowess (but I imagine teams feel they can at least teach some). His outside shot would be my only real worry, as getting to the hoop is potentially harder against an engaged and more athletic NBA defence (in theory), but who knows, playing with better players might make the game easier. I know at least he’s better right now than any of New York’s point guards currently on their roster.

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Anonymous  
Last week

Wiseman has the most potential Imo.

Green I think could get to 12, maker to 25.

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Anonymous  
Last week

It's impossible to say he will be the best player to ever play NBL. It’s stupid skip type statements like that, which make people debate it. Doesn’t mean ball is trash etc, it’s just human nature to shut down stupidity. Homicide isn’t helping balls cause either imo

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rjd  
Last week

The sooner he changes the mechanics of that jumper, the better it will be in the long-run. Steph Curry changed his shooting form at about age 16, with his father citing the main problem previously being its low release. LaMelo suffers from a similar problem, although that's not the only issue with it. While Steph had an elite shooting father to guide him, LaMelo's father is the one arguably responsible for his ugly low release mechanics. Lavar apparently has encouraged his kids to freely shoot very long-range shots from a very young age, which appears to have fostered low release shooting mechanics aimed at generating power. LaMelo might be able to refine his current shot to shoot at a better clip, which is low in the NBL also due to bad shot selection, but he will continue to struggle in the NBA if the mechanics don't change. Lonzo altered his shot recently and now he's a much more respectable 35% shooter from range.

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Anonymous  
Last week

It's funny how people on here think they have more knowledge about the nba draft than ESPN draft express nba draft analyst’s lol

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Anonymous  
Last week

The best thing to come from draft express is the way they are talking up the NBL and how potential draft picks don't have to go to college.

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Isaac  
Last week

Crumble, I thought the same thing, about the comparison to Lonzo. He was picked high and is a smart player, but not without flaws. You'd have to think LaMelo has a decent starting position as well as wildcard-type upside.

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Anonymous  
Last week

(It's hard to gauge where he's at, relative to his peers in the US college system,)

Is the us college basketball the second best league in the world?
Is the us college basketball league better than the NBL?

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Perthworld  
Last week

A shortcut to gauge relative talent is the fact LaMelo is better than Lonzo and the latter has held onto a spot in the NBA.

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robt  
Last week

The comment by Violet Crumble: "His outside shot would be my only real worry, as getting to the hoop is potentially harder against an engaged and more athletic NBA defence (in theory), but who knows, playing with better players might make the game easier."

I think the opposite is true.

During the WCs, Gianni's game results were disappointing. The pundits pointed out that in the NBA, with the larger courts, (much more space to make moves), 1 on 1 iso plays, picks and rolls/pops and the defensive 3 second rule The NBA style suits their coditions. More acurately, the courts and rules have been re-designed to suit the game they play.

That's how Lamelo is playing in the NBL (FIBA cons and rules) with our zones, and centres camped under the basket etc, I think it will be easier for him to adapt to the better "conditions and rules" in the NBA.

His shot does need consistency but that will come.

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D2.0  
Last week

"His dad's a twit and I can understand people resenting that, but at what point are some people hating hype for the sake of it?"

Is he though?

I don't like the US culture either, but it is what is, and its all about Building your Brand.
Even with Bogut coming back to the NBL, the sticking point with MU was controlling the use of Image/Brand.

If Lamelo Ball was Fred Gork from Nebraska, would he be getting $$$ to play here, or just the base $100k?
Would his games be the most watched in NBL History?
Would they be selling his jerseys by the truckload?

Would he be touted as $1 pick, or would he in fact be "out of sight = out of mind" for the American media.

Gotta be honest, in future years if they give out an award for the Best Next Star, it should be called the Lamelo Ball award. He has MADE this program.

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