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All the hype Lonzo received


was part of very high expectations, he did not live up to the hype his first 2 and one third seasons.
His last 3 games, are they an anomaly?
Maybe, I don't think true "busts" have a 3 game span of the stats listed below.
Or do they average 10pts 5 rebs 5 assists
while trying to play through 3 seasons where season ending injuries occur
(his first 2)or nagging injuries like this year. He says he's healthy and his confidence is back.
Lonzo Ball is in the best groove of his career, stringing together three straight 20-point games for the first time as a pro. Ball is lighting it up with his reworked jumper, shooting 41.9% on 3s while launching 10.3 attempts per game from long range in that span, during which he has also averaged 8.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. -- MacMahon
Now is Lonzo a superstar? No, but I think he has Jason Kidd potential and although he has not scored consistently over his first 2 and partial seasons. I think he is a pass first, get teammates involved guy who can shoot the 3 consistently enough to keep defenses honest and not sag off him, and he is now driving more and developing that floater he desperately needs.
He needs to drive more and get much better on his free throws! But he is developing. I will admit if I'm wrong and eat crow if these 3 games are an "anomaly".
I see Lonzo as a 16 pts 9 assists 8 rebound type of player.
He is no Luka Doncic or Lebron or Magic.
His equal and a guy who I think is having a more consistent career is DeAron Fox in Sacramento, they just faced each other.
Lonzo's team won and Lonzo outplayed Fox.
Fox is just off a stretch of not playing due to injury. So head to head matchup? We'll see in the future when these 2 matchup.
Fox is lightning quick, but Lonzo is amazingly fast when dribbling and on the break, imagine Zion on the end of those out passes and fast breaks. Thundering Dunks!
The authors of the articles on Bird Writes seem to give Lonzo some credit, yet the comments I read from most of the members here are ready to give up on Lonzo, trade him or call him a complete bust. I'm a Lonzo fan, from his UCLA days.
He did not look to score, his team became a great share the ball, pass till we get an open shot type team going 31-5 after a sub 500 year, and the only additions were TJ Leaf and Lonzo to that sub 500 team.
Lonzo did take and make some huge shots when the team need it, but I emphasize, he looked to set up his teammates first.
Being a Celtic fan, I would give up Romeo Langford & either Carson Edwards or Tremont Waters for Lonzo right now.
Although I'm sure Danny Ainge may not feel the same way.
I think if Zion comes back this season, Lonzo will really come into his own, Lonzo is a very unique passer, yes occasionally he'll throw a bad pass, but he is confident enough to make those tough passes.
Kevin Love and Bill Walton are by far the best rebounding outlet passers the game has seen, Lonzo is 3rd in that list in my opinion.
Here is the 2017 draft, and my evaluation of players drafted and in "my" opinion are they living up to their draft positions.
I'm a Celtic and UCLA fan keep that in mind.

76ers: Markelle Fultz (G) - Washington

Lakers: Lonzo Ball (G) - UCLA

Celtics: Jayson Tatum (F) - Duke

Suns: Josh Jackson (F) - Kansas

Kings: DeAaron Fox (G) - Kentucky

Magic: Jonathan Isaac (F) - Florida State

Bulls: Lauri Markkanen (F) - Arizona

Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (G) - France

Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. (G) - NC State

Trail Blazers: Zach Collins (F/C) - Gonzaga

Hornets: Malik Monk (G) - Kentucky

Pistons: Luke Kennard (G) - Duke

Jazz: Donovan Mitchell (G) - Louisville

Heat: Bam Adebayo (C) - Kentucky

Kings: Justin Jackson (F) - UNC

Bulls: Justin Patton (C) - Creighton

Bucks: DJ Wilson (F/C) - Michigan

Pacers: TJ Leaf (F/C) - UCLA No

Hawks: John Collins (F) - Wake Forest

Kings: Harry Giles (F/C) - Duke

Thunder: Terrance Ferguson (F) - Australia

Nets: Jarrett Allen (C) - Texas

Raptors: OG Anunoby (F) - Indiana

Nuggets: Tyler Lydon (F) - Syracuse

76ers: Andzejs Pasecniks (C) - Latvia

Trail Blazers: Caleb Swanigan (PF) - No Purdue

Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (F) - Utah

Jazz: Tony Bradley (C) - North Carolina

Spurs: Derrick White (G) - Colorado

Lakers: Josh Hart (G) - Villanova

Pelicans: Frank Jackson (PG) - Duke

Suns: Davon Reed (SG) - Miami

Magic: Wesley Iwundu (SF) - Kansas State

Kings: Frank Mason III (PG) - Kansas

Grizzlies: Ivan Rabb (PF) - California

76ers: Jonah Bolden (PF) - Australia

Celtics: Semi Ojeleye (SF) - SMU

Warriors: Jordan Bell (C) - Oregon

Clippers: Jawun Evans (PG) - OSU

Hornets: Dwayne Bacon (SF) - FSU

Hawks: Tyler Dorsey (SG) - Oregon

Lakers: Thomas Bryant (C) - Indiana

Rockets: Isaiah Hartenstein (C) - Lithuania

Knicks: Damyean Dotson (SG) - Oregon

Rockets: Dillon Brooks (SF) - Oregon

Bucks: Sterling Brown (SG) - SMU

Pacers: Ike Anigbogu (C) - UCLA No

Clippers: Sindarius Thornwell (SG) - South Carolina

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar (SF) - Slovenia

76ers: Mathias Lessort (PF) - France

Nuggets: Monte' Morris (PG) - Iowa State

Pacers: Edmond Sumner (PG) - Xavier

Celtics: Kadeem Allen (SG) - Arizona No

Suns: Alec Peters (PF) - Valparaiso

Jazz: Nigel Williams-Goss (PG) - Gonzaga

Celtics: Jabari Bird (SG) - California No

Nets: Aleksandar Vezenkov (PF) - Spain

Knicks: Ognjen Jaramaz (PG) - Serbia

Spurs: Jaron Blossomgame (SF) - Clemson
Hawks: Alpha Kaba (PF) - France
Living up to expectations
Jury is still out
no borderline bust so far

Note a lot of Celtic picks and 2 UCLA players got my thumbs down

Fultz is getting his confidence back after injuries and what seem to be a lot of pressure on being the no#1 pick.

Lonzo had the same crazy expectations put on him, no thanks to his dad doing a brilliant yet narcissistic market campaign for Lonzo and his son's. Lonzo had a ton of haters who wanted him to fail just to spite his father. In fact his father's antics prompted UCLA to reconsider LaMelo's scholarship before LaVar pulled him out of high school.