If you ignore the fact that LaMelo’s father is LaVar Ball and just look at the kid play you can see why NBA scouts are drooling over him.
He is the new prototypical big guard that can do a little bit of everything and do it very well.
He has uncanny instincts and at 18 is holding his own in a professional league against men.
NBA scouts believe he could be #1 pick and here is why via SI.
The looming scenario in which LaMelo is the first player off the board in June is not altogether a surprise—the hoops industry has been keyed in on Ball with a straight face since the summertime, and top decision-makers have continued making the pilgrimage across the Pacific to see for themselves. As a big point guard with an unusually intrinsic aptitude for facilitating offense, it was little secret that he was well ahead of the curve in all facets for a player his age—teams had an understanding he’d be a lottery-caliber prospect—but there was little thought given to exactly how productive he would be already.
it’s getting harder to ignore what Ball is doing. It has to be noted that Illawarra is just 3–9 in league play and in last place, with all three wins coming against one opponent, Cairns, against whom Ball posted last week’s 32-point, 13-assist, 11-rebound triple-double. Still, he’s been one of the most productive players in the entire league of late: in five November games, Ball averaged 23.2 points, 8.4 assists and 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He’s shouldering a heavy diet of Illawarra’s possessions, even moreso with former NBA guard Aaron Brooks sidelined by injury, and the fact that there’s been visible improvement in a short period of time is going to work in his favor. He’s even made strides defensively, where he’ll have a chance to at least be competent. He’s not an elite athlete, but he’s so good at such a young age that history suggests it may not matter. We’re witnessing real big-boy stuff at a competitive pro level from someone who turned 18 a few months ago. It’s hard not to be optimistic about his profile, and his proclivity for uptempo play in a fast-paced NBA that’s been redefined in recent by elite perimeter shot-creators.
Would you take LaMelo at #1?
While you ponder that flip the page for some of his highlights from the Australian League.