OT: LaMelo Ball , is he the real deal?

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  1. THE HCP

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    I watched the game.
     
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    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    Youngest player to get a triple double in the history of the game.
    My last post in this thread....... there is going to be a TON of growing pains, but to answer the OP's question, yes.

     
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    He looks better than both Wiseman and Edwards. His movement on the floor is so fluid. Color me surprised. A lot depends on his ability to consistently hit a shot though.
     
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    Like I say about Ben Simmons.....the fact that he is getting a triple double in spite of the fact that he can't shoot, makes it THAT more impressive.
     
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    But will he be better than the unsung Ball brother LaSmello Ball?
     
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    Luka and LaMello. Dawning of the big PG era.
     
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    What about Ben Simmons?
     
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    Shit, Denver even changed their arena name for him! And he hasn't even played there yet.

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    Gotta feel sorry for Minnesota if even Charlotte has better draft luck than them
     
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    Wiseman is a stud. Once edwards figures it out he should be pretty good. But Ball will for sure have lots of cool passes and triple doubles.
     
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    Oh, yes forgot about Ben Simmons.
     
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    What old men and really old men think when they hear Melo
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    Oscar, Magic, Pippen, LBJ to name a few more of the best ones over time. The advantages a big PG has have always been obvious and highly valued, but there continues to be a shortage of guys who can pull it off.

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    I soured on him when he was a Laker. Just can't seem to get that out of my mind.
     
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    Penny Hardaway was another big point guard--he looked pretty great until injuries ended the high-level part of his career. As I recall, Penny was often compared to Magic, as a prospect and young NBA player.

    Obviously, Ben Simmons should be mentioned in this discussion.

    To me, the thing that will determine whether LaMelo Ball belongs in that conversation or ends up just an empty-calories stat-stuffer is whether he becomes a solid or better defender. If he can't hold up on defense, he'll have nice-looking stat lines but a much weaker effect on winning games.
     
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    Magic himself made the comparison (paraphrasing: "playing against him is like looking in the mirror") after the Dream Team scrimmaged against a college squad including Penny.
     
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    Loved Magic, but his game is in NO WAY similar to Penny's.
     
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    I think it was the vision and ability to direct all the action on the court. I agree, though, their skills and style of play don't feel all that similar.
     
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