by Bleacher Sports writer Kevin Ding in the first round, a guard who can play both power forward and small forward will be picked by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers select Lonzo Ball #6 in the second round.
The Sixers selected Lonzo Balls #6 with the 20th pick of the NBA Draft on Wednesday night.
“I think Lonzo’s really grown up,” Sixers GM Sam Hinkie told reporters at the team’s media day on Thursday.
“He’s learned how to be a leader and he’s a guy that is very mature and understands how to lead.
So he’ll be an asset for us, and I think he’s gonna be an excellent NBA player.”
Ball has been a consensus top-five prospect since the 2015 NBA Draft.
In 2016, he averaged 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
Ball has shown flashes of his skills in the past two seasons, averaging 18.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in 2016-17.
Basketball Reference.com gives Ball a projected 3.8, while NBA.com’s Jeff Goodman gives him a 3.6.
Ball: I feel like I can be a difference maker.
[ESPN Stats & Info]Ball’s father, Lamar, is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he has been the head coach for 12 seasons.
Lamar Ball has worked with numerous NBA players, including Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Draymond Green.
Ball was one of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft class, as he went as high as the No. 3 pick.
Although Lonzo is an elite athlete who can make plays with his size, Ball’s weaknesses have been his shooting.
Despite his shooting, Ball had a career-low shooting percentage of 39.3% in 2016.
Last season, Ball shot just 33.3%.
In 2017-18, Ball averaged 18.4 points, 6.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game, which is third best in the NBA behind Durant and Green.
The Sixers have a huge need for point guard.
They are expected to be rebuilding, and the 76ers are expected by many to take a step back this season.
There have been some reports that the 76er’s front office is planning to move forward with an offer sheet to a point guard this offseason, which could open up a roster spot.
A source told Bleacher Basketball that the Sixers were “pushing hard” to trade Ball.
If the 76ingers can acquire a point-guard in this draft, it could make the Sixers one of four teams that can make a run at a No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA Draft lottery.
With the top picks in the first two rounds, the Sixers could select an elite point guard in the next round, which would create a top-10 pick.
NBA.tv’s Andrew Sharp has Ball projected to be selected at No. 2.
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesThe 76ers’ 2017 first-round pick is now locked up for a team that will have a chance to land Ball.
Philadelphia drafted Lonzo on draft night in 2020.