The 2020 NBA Draft is inching closer, and LaMelo Ball is one of the more highly-touted names predicted to come off the board early.
The Warriors have the No. 2 overall pick, giving them a decent shot at drafting Ball, if they so choose. Ball confirmed they’ve already been in communication, confirming a report from The Athletic's Anthony Slater back in June.
Ball stopped by ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby on Wednesday to give an update on the draft process, and said both the Warriors and the New York Knicks have been in contact.
Ball played it down, saying it was “just like a little Zoom call.”
Naturally. Everything is virtual now.
Ball then was asked if he believed those two teams were interested in drafting him, and he responded by saying, “hopefully everybody is.” Ball said he’s ready to just go out and play and appears to be kind of over the pre-draft process.
Too bad, LaMelo. You’re a wanted man.
He’s rumored to go anywhere from the No. 1 overall pick to falling to the No. 8 spot, where the Knicks have their selection.
Ball, the little brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo, took the overseas journey to play in Lithuania and Australia before he had even blown out 19 candles on his birthday cake.
His 6-foot-7 frame might pin him as too big for the standard point guard position, but he’s very creative on offense, and at his young age, he still has physical development to grow into a star playmaker.
The Warriors, of course, have Steph Curry and a healthy Klay Thompson solidified in their backcourt, and the Warriors reportedly prefer to draft a wing player with their top pick. Regardless, Ball's talent and potential could be difficult for any team to pass up.
In the Australian NBL, Ball averaged 17 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. That’s pretty great, which goes with the theme Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr wants for a No. 2 overall pick: A "really good player."