The New Orleans Pelicans are going to be leaning much heavier on point guard Lonzo Ball than they have in years past. Jrue Holiday was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason, which makes Ball the clear-cut point guard. He is excited to take on that role and has big goals set for himself.
Ball came into the NBA with tons of star potential hype. He got off to a slow start with the Los Angeles Lakers and was traded to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade. Now, he is ready to show why he had so much hype.
In a recent quite from NOLA.com, Ball revealed the massive goal that he has set for himself this season with the Pelicans.
“I believe I’m a triple-double threat every night. That’s what I’m going to go out there and try to do.”
Last season with the Pelicans, Ball ended up averaging 11.8 points per game to go along with 7.0 assists and 6.1 rebounds. Those numbers aren’t terribly far away from a triple-double. He is absolutely capable of putting up a good number of triple-doubles.
Along with those averages, Ball ended up shooting 40.3 percent from the floor overall. He also knocked down a career-high 37.5 percent of his three-point attempts.
Continuing to improve his three-point shot is a must. Ball came into the league as a high-level perimeter shooter, but that did not end up materializing with the Lakers. With the Pelicans, however, he is beginning to show why many thought he would be a sharpshooter.
Ball is continuing to improve and will be unleashed completely this season. He will have a huge role on the offensive end of the court. Scoring won’t be his primary use, but creating for Zion Williamson, Steven Adams, and Brandon Ingram should result in a very high assist average.
Expect to see Lonzo Ball put together a very good season with the Pelicans. It will be interesting to see how many triple-doubles he ends up having at the end of the year. He certainly sounds confident and ready to show off all of his potential.