Lonzo Ball is likened to Celtics legend by an NBA insider.
You’ll hear and see a lot of NBA comparisons for Lonzo Ball of the Chicago Bulls, but here’s one with Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics.
Chris Palmer, an NBA insider, had a point to make.
Ball has been extremely accurate from three-point range, he wanted to emphasize that.
Take a look at the table below for a statistical comparison.
Lonzo Ball is shooting 44% from three-point range.
Larry Bird has shot 42% twice in the last 13 years.
The remaining 11 years of Bird’s life account for 31%.
Bird sank 649 three-pointers.
Lonzo has 529 three-pointers in 13 years.
These are facts. In four years.
17 November 2021 — Chris Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA)
Ball’s three-point shooting has been a major contributor to the Bulls’ offensive success.
Ball is shooting a blistering 45 percent from three-point range on just under seven attempts per game.
The improvement in long-range effectiveness is remarkable.
Ball’s percentage is a career high.
In addition, he’s setting career highs in steals (1.9), blocks (0.8), and free-throw shooting (83.3%).
While all of those numbers are important, it is the shooting that allows Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, as well as Nikola Vucevic–once he returns from COVID-19 quarantine–to spread the floor.
As it stands, Ball, DeRozan, and Alex Caruso have been the NBA’s best offseason signings this season.
Portland is about…
The Bulls are nearing the end of a grueling west-coast road trip.
On Friday night, they face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in an attempt to return to the United Center with an 11-5 record and a 3-2 record on the five-game trip.
To be honest, the Bulls should be 11-4, but they blew a 20-point lead against the Trail Blazers in Portland on Wednesday night, losing 112-107.
Ball did everything he could to help the Bulls win what turned out to be a difficult road game.
Unfortunately, his 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals were not enough to propel Chicago to victory.
Ball’s stat line includes an interesting tidbit: despite taking 13 shots from the field (8 from two-point range), many of which were drives, he didn’t attempt a free throw all night.
Ball, who hasn’t attempted a free throw since October 30, has become accustomed to this.
On at least two of his drives, the ball appeared to be fouled, but the…
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