Luke Walton says the Lakers targeted Lonzo Ball for a unique skill that's already having an effect on the team

Business Insider | 7/17/2017 | Scott Davis
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After a rocky debut at Summer League, Lonzo Ball has impressed the NBA world in the Las Vegas exhibitions with his court vision and leadership.

Of particular note has been Ball's passing, his most highly praised skill coming out of college.

Questions - Ball - Athleticism - Form - Ability

While there were questions about Ball's athleticism and shooting form, many believed his ability to see the court, make on-target passes, and find open teammates would make him, at the least, a rotation-worthy guard.

None of that has changed in Summer League. While it's easy to get carried away by good performances in meaningless games against lesser competition, Ball has looked like a generational passer, the kind of player who sees a play happening before anyone else and catches defenses off guard with his looks.

Handful - Games - Ball - Passing - Teammates

Even in just a handful of games, Ball's passing seems to have become contagious among his teammates. On ESPN's podcast "The Lowe Post," hosted by Zach Lowe, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton said Ball's unselfishness had already improved the offense.

"The way he passes the ball, the way he plays the game, is contagious," Walton said. "Other guys on the team are starting to play like that. You can see the team taking joy in making the extra pass now, and that's how we wanna play."

Times - Summer - League - Ball - Crowds

Several times in Summer League, Ball has wowed crowds with a quick, full-court outlet pass to a teammate streaking down the court for an easy basket. While Ball makes the passes look effortless, they are not easy — few players in the league can scan the court so quickly, see the defense relaxing, then fire a pinpoint heave to an open teammate.

Walton told Lowe that this skill was something the Lakers targeted during the pre-draft process and was one of the deciding factors in...
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