Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has been a star at the Las Vegas Summer League. Ball has recorded two triple-doubles and leads all players in assists by a wide margin.
If there has been one big cause for concern with Ball it has been his shooting. He is shooting only 38.2 percent from the field and even worse 23.8 percent from three-point range. This has brought back questions about Ball’s shooting form which is a very unique one.
Lonzo’s father, LaVar Ball, appeared on Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge, and LZ on ESPN LA 710 saying that Lonzo doesn’t need to change his form:
“Oh, ain’t nobody tinkering with his shot. He’s going to shoot the same way, comfortable, like I said, who cares about his shot,” he said.
LaVar also added that Lonzo’s shooting percentage will rise back to the norm in due time:
“Here’s the thing, he missed a lot of shots in the first few games. They act like the percentage is going to stay there. He’ll go about four or five games where he’ll go 4-for-5, 6-for-8. It will catch up with him. So it’s not a big deal. And it’ll come out to a percentage where he’s always been, in the high 40s.”
Lonzo has had his moments where his shot was falling, but more often than not it has been a struggle, especially from deep. That being said, Lonzo’s form was the same at UCLA and he shot 55.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three-point range.
For some players it takes a little time to adjust to certain things at the NBA level. Much like Ball, Brandon Ingram was a great shooter in college and struggled mightily in his rookie season. Ball could go through the same things in his first year with the Lakers.
While he may not reach those same percentages with the Lakers, Ball’s shot should begin to fall eventually. His form may look weird, but it got him to this point.