Why LaMelo Ball Should Go No. 1

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The Argument for Melo…

Regardless of what team receives the number one pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, LaMelo Ball should go number one in the draft.

If there is a gap between LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards, in terms of talent, the gap is not very big. However, the biggest margin that Lamelo Ball has over Anthony Edwards is popularity. Whoever receives the 6’ 8”, 180 pound point guard will receive serious attention and profitability off of LaMelo’s popularity.

After a dominating year at Spire Academy, in Geneva, Ohio, LaMelo decided to take his talents over to the NBL, under the Illawarra Hawks, who he recently decided to purchase, due to the organization’s lack of funds. Under the Illawarra Hawks, Ball displayed an array of weapons, including his passing, ball handling, and scoring. Against his professional foes, he averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. 

LaMelo Ball has been playing against professional competition ever since he was sixteen years of age, when he and his brother, LiAngelo, decided to up-and-move to Lithuania, where they played for the Prienu CBet. After a year there, LaMelo decided to move back to the States, where he dominated high school basketball for Spire Academy. At Spire, Melo nearly averaged a triple double with 21 points, 9.2 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 3.9 steals per game. 

At Georgia, Anthony Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. While he is more filled out and NBA-ready, the ceiling for LaMelo Ball has to be higher. With some room to fill his body out and get stronger, LaMelo has all the tools necessary to succeed in the league. While averaging 2 points less than Edwards, Ball also averaged roughly 2 more rebounds and 4 more assists per game than Edwards, against professional basketball players.

All in all, not many basketball players enter the league with as much fame and following as LaMelo, and whoever picks him up this June, could be in the market for a franchise player.

Who’s In The Hunt:

  1. New York Knicks 
  • There has been much speculation surrounding the New York Knicks and LaMelo Ball, but will LaMelo Ball fall that far down for the Knicks to snag the superstar?
  1. Golden State Warriors
  • With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Oracle Arena will always be sold out. However, LaMelo fits better into the Warriors offense than Edwards does. While Edwards is more of the primary scorer, Ball’s handles and playmaking can be another weapon for Steve Kerr.
  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  • While looking for another generational star, look for the Cavs to target another generational star, and the Ball family to return to Ohio.
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