Many people have opinions on Lonzo Ball. Thanks in large part to his father, Ball has been one of the most polarizing players in the NBA since he was drafted with pick number 2 in the 2017 NBA Draft.
While the hype around Ball has recently disappeared due to a combination of his injuries and overwhelming production, the conversation around him hasn't stopped. In fact, it probably just got worse.
The last person to share his ideas about Ball was Kendrick Perkins, a retired NBA player known for his time with the Boston Celtics, with whom he won a championship in 2008. In the most recent episode of "The Jump" by ESPN Perkins bluntly called Ball a bust:
“This is what it is. She is not a superstar, she is not a star. It was choice no. 2 with great expectations from his father and all the others and, for me, it is a bust because this is not production n. 2. A pick no. 2 … this is not what you draw with pick n. 2.
“Draw a boy n. 2 why come out and give up the ball early? Come on, man. We are not doing it. "
When we look at Ball's raw statistics, it's not a difficult topic to formulate. For his career, Ball averages 10.1 points per game with 38% shooting from the field, including 32% from behind the arch and 44.9% from the charity bracket. He has also never played more than 60 games in one season.
However, Ball was also one of the most impactful players in the 2017 NBA Draft class. During his first three seasons in the NBA, Ball is releasing a +2.6 VORP, which is sixth in his draft class behind Jayson Tatum , John Collins, Jarrett Allen, Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo. He also ranked in the top 10 in the plus-minus box.
Would Ball be the # 2 choice in a 2017 NBA rework? Certainly not, but there is a good chance that it would still be a lottery choice, and there is also a better chance of having a long NBA career because of the things it does well like passing the ball and defending yourself.
If that's a bust, then so be it.