Lonzo Ball has received a lot of comparisons to NBA players in the past year. But throughout his season at UCLA, the draft process and since being taken No. 2 overall by the Lakers, one name has been mentioned most: Jason Kidd.
Kidd, among the game's greatest point guards, impacted the game without being a big scorer. He turned the Nets into consistent contenders and racked up triple doubles while scoring 12.6 points per game. Many believe Ball can become a similar player, but Kidd says Ball is his own player.
It's a great compliment," Kidd said. "But everybody is different at the end of the day. There's always comparisons of the great players in this league. Of Magic [Johnson], Michael [Jordan], Larry [Bird]. There's always guys who come before for these young players to be compared to. It's a great compliment. We'll see."
Kidd, who is No. 8 on the NBA's all-time assists list, is a big fan of Ball's game:
"I think when we see he handles everything off the court extremely well with all the attention surrounding him," Kidd said. "He just goes out and plays basketball. It's really good to see his composure on the court. He enjoys the moment late game. His dad and the coaches that he's had this early in his career have done a really good job with him."
One thing is for sure, if Ball meets all the expectations and comparisons, he will be a great NBA player.