ESPN Summer Forecast Predicts Lakers’ Lonzo Ball To Win Rookie Of The Year
Lonzo-ball-1
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will enter this season with plenty of stories to follow and players to watch. Arguably the biggest will be rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, a potentially transcendent talent whom Magic Johnson has already labeled the face of the franchise.

Ball’s play in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he was named MVP, has only raised expectations further for the second overall pick. One of those possibilities is winning Rookie of the Year, but that will be no easy task in this loaded class.

ESPN recently started its Summer Forecast series and predicted that Ball will win Rookie of the Year:

“Though his electric play in summer league certainly played a role in shaping our expectations as he averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds, perhaps the biggest reason Ball enters as a Rookie of the Year favorite is simply opportunity. Luke Walton will let Ball play through his mistakes and he will have the ball in his hands a ton.”

There is no doubt that Ball will have the opportunity with the Lakers as he will start at point guard from day one. As was pointed out, Luke Walton will allow him to play through mistakes so Ball will get major minutes immediately.

One thing that could work against Ball is simply that he doesn’t care about stats, always preferring to make the right basketball play. He could be someone whose impact on the game far outweighs his stat line and when talking about Rookie of the Year, that could hurt him, especially considering his competition.

ESPN projected Dallas Mavericks’ point guard Dennis Smith to finish second while the Sixers pair of rookies, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, were third and fourth respectively. Additionally Phoenix’s Josh Jackson, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox, Charlotte’s Malik Monk, and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell could all make big impacts on their respective squads.

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…