With the date of the entire 2020 NBA Draft, we begin our review of each team in the lottery versus LaMelo Ball. What are the prospects for the team, how does Ball fit into his roster and plans, and how likely is he to land with the franchise? We continue our profiles with the New Orleans pelicans.
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Team – New Orleans Pelicans
Choose – 13th overall
PG on the list for the 2020-21 season – Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Frank Jackson (restricted free agent)
The scenario writes itself. LaMelo Ball’s long, winding road to the NBA ends with him teaming up with his brother Lonzo. These would be LaVar Ball’s wildest dreams come true.
It’s not as inconceivable as you might think. Although the Pelicans currently hold the 13th pick, the host of future draft picks they acquired in various trades last offseason, coupled with the young players on the roster, would make it easily conceivable to see them climb into the top three. .
The question, then, is why would the pelicans move for another guard? Their move to Ball would likely follow a Jrue Holiday trade, which has been the subject of trade rumors since the time the Pelicans left the bubble.
In this case, the twinning of the Ball brothers would have some value, especially from a marketing standpoint. There is perhaps no more popular backcourt – at least on social media – than the Ball brothers.
But if the Pelicans aren’t negotiating the holidays, it’s harder to envision a scenario where they move multiple assets to trade for a point guard who wouldn’t start this season or possibly a season in which Holiday and Lonzo are Pelicans. .
Apart from if they can or would, should the Pelicans move for the ball?
Interestingly, the Ball brothers would actually be quite formidable next to each other, although that might be less interesting and instead explain why they were so good together in Chino Hills.
Lonzo is a low-use point guard who excels at finding the open man and at solid defense. LaMelo is a widely used playmaker who excels at pick-and-rolls. Having a backcourt with LaMelo racing ball screens and games, an area Lonzo struggles with.
Holiday’s style of play would complement LaMelo even more defensively. Like his older brother, LaMelo’s ability to read the game lends itself to a ball hawking style.
Brandon Ingram’s ball-dominant style would require a bit of adjustment from LaMelo. He would also need to become a consistent three-point shooter to better complement Zion Williamson. But if Lonzo and Zion had incredible fairways this season, LaMelo and Williamson’s pick-and-rolls would be just as entertaining.
Can pelicans get into the draft if they want to? Undoubtedly.
Would pelicans climb into the project? Unlikely, unless there is a drastic trade.
Should Pelicans Get Into The Draft? LaMelo and Lonzo is a fun combination to think of, but it would push the pelicans’ window of contention back by several years.
Chances Ball goes to New Orleans: 15%