Blame AAU basketball, blame the one-and-done generation, blame whatever you want, but what cannot be argued is that there is an international wave taking over the NBA. Increasingly it seems like the best and most influential players in the NBA are from countries and regions outside of the U.S.
Far Fetched Friday: LaMelo Ball Top 10 Pick
Welcome to Far Fetched Friday where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we think will come to fruition. For this Far Fetched Friday we present you with a prediction that will span a longer timeline than most of our other predictions. With this prediction we're taking our own version of the in game half court shot concerning the draft stock of LaMelo Ball, Spire Institute senior and heir to the Big Baller throne.
My prediction is that LaMelo Ball will be a top-10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
If you've missed the last year or so, LaMelo Ball is no longer the skinny 15 year old kid with the erratic playing style to match the hairstyle. Back then, he was constantly ripped by older brother and Laker point guard, Lonzo Ball, for his inability to dunk. Since then, LaMelo Ball has grown into an elite athlete and basketball player.
Today, LaMelo Ball at 17, is a 6'7" point guard with unlimited range and extreme court vision. LaMelo Ball could turn into an unstoppable offensive weapon the likes the NBA has never seen. There will be a team willing to bite on his potential and that team will be in the top 10.
That may seem implausible right now especially with questions surrounding LaMelo's NCAA eligibility after his brief journey in the Lithuanian pro basketball league. On top of that, some are quick to cite Lonzo Ball's struggles in the NBA as evidence that the playing style cultivated by father, Lavar Ball has no place in the NBA. Despite all of these concerns, Lamelo remains one of the most talented guards in his class.
There are currently 10 NBA teams who need a point guard and the latest 2019 mock draft has only one point guard going in the top 10 and a total of just two in the top 20. Which means the NBA is in dire need of point guard play and NBA executives are not convinced they can find that in this year's draft, which leaves next year's draft . . . LaMelo Ball is that once in a generation guard and if he continues to improve his game he will be a top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
It'll take a while before we know the accuracy of this prediction, but for now we're going to speak it into existence.
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