Entering his junior season, there are still many questions about the unorthodox leap of the Lonzo Ball. In his two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ball fired 31.5 percent from behind the arc with 523 attempts.
Ball will try to drastically improve that percentage in his first season with the New Orleans pelicans, and he is already on his way. In Monday's preseason opener against the Atlanta Hawks, Ball fired 37.5 percent from a 3-point distance into eight attempts while showing a new and improved shot.
During a recent interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio, Ball gave credit to pelican assistant coach Fred Vinson for helping him make changes to his suspension shot during the summer.
"In the short time I had – because I had to rehabilitate most of the summer – but when I came back, focusing on my jump, honestly. I don't know if you've seen it, it has been optimized a little. Shouts to train Fred [Vinson], with me all the time – in the morning, at night. Just a lot of work, lots of repetition, trying to prepare it before the season. "
Vinson was hired by pelicans – later by the Hornets – in 2010 as a player for the development of players. Prior to this, Vinson was an assistant to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Between Vinson, Chris Finch and Joe Boylan – the new assistant coach of the team for the development of the players – Ball will have all the help he needs to have a successful junior season in New Orleans. Now, the hope is that he can stay in the field to get the help he needs.