George, considered one of the best two-way players in the game, could be the cornerstone of the Lakers' return to prominence and might lure other superstars to join him in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Lakers have picked former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball in the National Basketball Association draft, setting up what they hope will be the start of a reversal in the team's recent misfortunes.
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Is Ball the next Magic Johnson?
Those evaluations partly explain why the Lakers also felt comfortable trading third-year guard D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
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Ball will begin to answer those questions when he plays on the Lakers' Summer League team in July, but true clarity won't emerge until the 2017-18 season. He is not the most athletic prospect in the draft. In 36 games, he shot 55.1 percent overall and 41.2 percent on three-point attempts. Ball, a Chino Hills native who excelled in his one year with the Bruins, had been widely projected by most experts as the team's likely pick with the No. 2 selection.
Substantive criticism of his game include an unorthodox jump shot that may make it hard to score on the pro level, somewhat average defense and either an unwillingness or inability to consistently get to the rim.
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