Lonzo Ball’s recent surge proves patience is necessary, even for Big Ballers
This isn’t to say Ball will undoubtedly be a 10-time All-Star and Hall of Famer. He still has limitations offensively, and if he wants to reach his ceiling, he must be able to hit that pull-up 3-pointer when defenders duck under screens. That will allow for more creativity with Ball’s elite passing skills. Consistency is key.
However, this does illustrate the problem with the pendulum swinging too far in the bust direction. Rookies aren’t supposed to dominate right out of the gate. Even Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell have experienced rough stretches. But the spotlight in LA is a little brighter, and scrutiny becomes a little more intense when your father is the Kardashian of the NBA.
Those general parameters were in place before this move, but that additional $13 million makes it easier to be patient with Julius Randle. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement did not fix the structural problems with restricted free agency, which the Lakers can use to their benefit. Even if Randle agreed to an offer sheet with another team on the first day of free agency, the clock for Los Angeles’ front office does not start until the end of the July Moratorium on July 6. If you add in the extra two days teams get for match decisions, management has at least a full week to see how everything shakes out before making a decision on Randle.
It would be easy to complicate this pick by going after a running back like Derrius Guice of LSU or Ronald Jones II of USC or even going with a pass rusher. However, taking McGlinchey fills arguably a greater need. He can play right tackle, which could push Germain Ifedi to the inside or even to the bench.
The ideal for Dallas should be moving off the No. 19 pick. That could mean going up for a player like Vea or Ridley or dropping back to get better value. Staying here, the choice was between Phillips and Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn. Phillips fits the one-technique spot the Cowboys badly need along the defensive line.
Miami Heat: With Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson both injured in Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia and unavailable for Wednesday’s practice, there is a chance that Dwyane Wade could start for the Heat on Thursday when they face the Lakers in a home game at AmericanAirlines Arena. The 36-year-old Wade is shooting just 40.8 percent in 22.7 MPG in the six games since he was traded to the Heat from Cleveland.