Lonzo Ball appeared in a pair of categories as a player who received votes in the year NBA general manager survey, released Thursday, for the next 2019-20 season.
The ball has received votes as a player who is more likely to have a breakout season. De’Aaron Fox, who apparently had a breakout season in 2018-19, was the first to 19 percent. Sophomore Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Grizzlies and Jayson Tatum of Boston are second for the second while Ball's teammate, Brandon Ingram, was third for Denver's Jamal Murray.
Both Ball and Ingram are in new environments in New Orleans with significantly lower pressure while playing in a system that could easily lead to breakout seasons. Pelicans expect to play at a high rate that could lend itself to inflated statistics, whether it's points, assists or rebounds. This could play in the hands of Ingram and Ball, both of whom struggled with injuries and consistency in their young careers.
Also interesting is the fact that Ball was included as the acquisition vote of the most undervalued player. Mike Conley was the runaway winner in the category with 36 percent of the vote, while Bojan Bogdanovic was the second, both acquisitions for Jazz this summer.
Ball's Pelican trio, Derrick Favors and JJ Redick all received votes in the category. Redick and Favors were veteran additions while Ball could be Zion Williamson's Robin of Batman while New Orleans entered a new era.
Williamson, meanwhile, was presented in the foreground, voted as the favorite for the debutant of the year, the novice more likely will be the best player in five years, the most athletic player in the league and getting votes as the player who is more likely to have a breakout year.