Stan Van Gundy on Lonzo Ball: ‘He does things at an extremely high level’
Despite all of the criticism Lonzo Ball has faced in his three years in the league, his leap in production last season marked the culmination of Ball's upward trend as a player. As a player constantly found at the gym, Ball's hard work over the past season has shown tangible results.
Its development did not go unnoticed when Stan Van Gundy spoke about his point guard during his media availability on Monday.
"I think Lonzo has some things that he does at an extremely high level. There is nobody in the league who throws the ball ahead of the people in transition like Lonzo does. Nobody who sees it better, nobody who is so ready, to get the ball on the ground as fast as it does, so if you're ready to run, if you're ready to be a guy who can get down on the ground, you will have a lot of chances to attack because of that ability that Lonzo possesses .
Then I mean halfway down what he did when he shot the ball last year. Both the percentage he shot out of three at just under 38% and the high volume give us a great, great distance on the floor for our other guys. "
Only four players averaged more passes than Balls 66.2 per game. As a result, Ball also ranked high in assists, potential assists, and secondary assists per game. His shooting improvements are well documented as his shooting percentages jumped from the low 30s to the high 30s.
The only thing that held him back last year was arguably the same that held him back from injuries year after year. Despite a personal best in a season, Ball still missed 11 of the first 19 games. However, he played the last 52 games of the season before being able to sit out the final.
If ball can continue to improve over the next season and be available at a higher rate, it could be one of the keys to the team making a possible playoff push.
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