The REAL Reason Why Lonzo Ball Is Playing BETTER In The NBA (Ft. A New Shot & Zion)

Feb 28, 2020
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Lonzo Ball has been playing so much better in the NBA. He has a new shot, he has Zion Williamson, but what’s been leading to Lonzo’s better play? #Lonzo #NBA #Jumpshot
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Lonzo has genuinely turned into a solid shooter. Like his shot looks normal. He’s shooting 37% from 3 on 6.2, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story. I could tell you that he’s averaging 8.3 assists per game since Zion has returned, but that would just be a number, an empty stat that dismisses so much else.
Since Zion has started playing, Lonzo in 14 games is shooting 39.5% from 3 on 6.1 3s a game. Yeah, that’s elite. Stats are cool, but they still don’t explain the transformation that is Lonzo Ball’s shot. He came into the league with this. It was called one of the most ugly shots in NBA history. I have mentioned before that Lonzo was a solid shooter when he played more minutes shooting 42% from 3 when playing 30+ minutes a game last season. In my video two months ago, I talked about how Lonzo was simply more confident in taking those threes.
Now Lonzo is a legitimate option as a 3 point shooter in the Pelicans offense. It’s not just when he’s open. There are dedicated plays for Lonzo to come off of screens to hit 3 point shots. This Pelicans analyst said it really well. In the last 15 games, Lonzo has been shooting 44% in catch and shoot 3s. And it’s not on a small sample size either, he’s been shooting 4.5 catch and shoot 3s a game. Last season, he shot 31.8% on catch and shoot 3s on 3.2 of them. The main concern with the Lonzo and Zion pairing was the spacing, but that isn’t a problem at all now. I’m all for Zionzo, that might be cringe.
He’s also become confident in bail out situations when the shot clock is ticking down, the offense got no where in the possession, and the Pelicans need a shot. He still likes the step back going left, but now Lonzo also can shooting as the ball handler in a pick and roll. Like he’ll pull from deep if the defender goes underneath the screen. He’s punishing the defense instead of letting them get away with that which prevents a lot of plays and passing lanes from opening up.
If you want to focus on the beginning of the season, I’ve talked about how the Pelicans were a mess, they had the most lineup rotations leading to less chemistry, Lonzo was in and out of the starting lineup, but I think it’s more relevant to see how Lonzo is playing with Zion. Lonzo had a stretch of 5 games before Zion returned in which he was averaging 19.8 points, 7.8 assists, and 6.2 rebounds on 51% from the field and 40.5% from 3. That gave Lonzo the confidence to be more of a demanding floor general than a passive floor general. They went 10-5 when Lonzo returned to the starting lineup in December after being horrible before. So when Zion returned, Lonzo took a step back and the Pelicans continued to win behind Zion, but that’s the beauty of Lonzo. He doesn’t need to be in the spotlight to do what’s right for his team and most importantly his teammates. He’s one of those rare breeds that wants his teammates to thrive, not just pass for an assist, he wants them to find their groove.
This shooting has opened his game up for more drives. Defenders have to respect Lonzo as a floor spacer. All of this is possible because of this respect Lonzo as a shooter and his confidence to just go into the paint.
For the season, Ball has tallied 35 assists to Williamson, by far the most of any New Orleans player and the same amount as Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram combined. That’s 2.5 assists per game. That’s higher than any year of LeBron to DWade, LeBron to Kevin Love (wow) LeBron to AD this year is 2.8 assists per game, that’s some special company. Some of this is due to the fact that Lonzo and Williamson often rotate out of the game at the same time; Ball plays more minutes alongside Zion than any other Pelicans player. This is the floor general part I was talking about earlier. Lonzo will get Zion involved. It might not always result in an assist, but it keeps Zion in rhythm during his time on the court. I didn’t mention Lonzo’s defense or his passing because those are this great solid parts of him. It isn’t that he’s gotten better in those areas, but that’s part of his whole game that make him so much more than just your typical point guard. His presence really has helped the Pelicans, as shown by the Pelicans winning when Lonzo starts.
I’m not saying that he magically transformed into the 20 and 10 guy we thought he would be coming out of college, but it would be blasphemy to ignore all the huge improvements that Lonzo has made in his game that have drastically changed what he brings on to the court.

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    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY8 months ago
    • MJ2KALLDAY no

      Ruby VillanuevaRuby Villanueva7 months ago
    • @Truly 4 hope your mum gets cancer.

      As you WereAs you Were8 months ago
    • @As you Were boi if you don't 🤦🏽‍♂️ have a nice day

      Truly 4Truly 48 months ago
    • Lonzo is averaging 12 6 7. He’s a very good shooter. He has the summer to develop a better layup package, and a better free throw shot. He’ll be an all star.

      Brandon KimBrandon Kim8 months ago
    • @Truly 4 no you didn't. Liar

      As you WereAs you Were8 months ago
  • Yooo your voice sounds different🤔🤔

    Michael Geronimo FloresMichael Geronimo Flores7 days ago
  • no cap, you the only youtuber who actually sound diffo when they sick

    Tyro -Tyro -Month ago
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    Jakobi BaileyJakobi Bailey2 months ago
  • Was he Sick. Like what

    LightningSurg3 GamingLightningSurg3 Gaming2 months ago
  • Bro hit pub again 😂

    CrossOver VybezCrossOver Vybez2 months ago
  • Lonzo Will have a Damián llilard type of impack on the NBA i see how he drive and the type of shots that he takes is just like Damián . 🔥

    Apolo romeroApolo romero3 months ago
  • Man I felt like you were gonna get me sick by just watching this video lol

    nicholas deocamponicholas deocampo3 months ago
  • What’s harder to shoot? Catch dribble shoot? Or catch and shoot?

    MattMatt3 months ago
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    Bilal MutawakilBilal Mutawakil3 months ago
  • Big fan btw that sound from back is sooooo cringe

    magic onealmagic oneal3 months ago
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    Max FlynnMax Flynn4 months ago
  • He’s in year 3. The league is letting him shoot because the first 2 years he was so bad. Next year, in year 4, if he continues improving, as well as the team & staying healthy, teams will key on him and that will be the real test.

    Jake TJake T4 months ago
  • He and Zion can be Stockton and Malone

    Hodgson DuncanHodgson Duncan4 months ago
  • Fuck is a pindown?

    EgoMobileEgoMobile4 months ago
  • must be help from jj hoho

    amierul asyrafamierul asyraf4 months ago
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    Ganta KanataGanta Kanata5 months ago
  • Lonzo Zion and Ingram could one day be like the golden states trio

    TabibMasterTabibMaster5 months ago
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    Kevin DeasKevin Deas5 months ago
  • Lonzo support his team with those plays & passes

    Ho RiHo Ri5 months ago
  • "Ball to Williamson!" could one day be as iconic as "Stockton to Malone!"

    Stephen SpiteriStephen Spiteri5 months ago
  • Konok down

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    Gasner VilGasner Vil5 months ago
  • He's better because he's got a better coach and a system that works to his strengths.

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    ChorezChorez6 months ago
  • You sick?

    DimesDimes6 months ago
  • all i see is lonzo wearing nike

    James NgJames Ng6 months ago
  • Bruh, all of the lakers former young core be balling in other team lol

    Eric AugustoEric Augusto6 months ago
  • Hopefully the Pelicans keep Zion ,Lonzo, and Ingram for the future. With pieces like JJ Redick and Josh Hart they can be a legit title contender rather they would make a really scary team

    Varsha LadheVarsha Ladhe6 months ago
  • ko

    IanIan7 months ago
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    Ike ZodoIke Zodo7 months ago
  • I’m just glad he’s playing good, I loved this kid when he was on the Lakers, but I’ve always been a fan on big guards. To see Zo shooting better makes me happy

    Joe LinnenJoe Linnen7 months ago
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    Noel Francis NgojoNoel Francis Ngojo7 months ago
  • I’m a huge lonzo fan and I want to say thank you for this

    Mr MackeMr Macke7 months ago
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    Freddy Gomez Thinks Too MuchFreddy Gomez Thinks Too Much7 months ago
  • lonzo, ingram, and zion are a good trio but lakers are still better

    Meeta GuptaMeeta Gupta7 months ago
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  • Knockdown, good vids man

    Guillermo Gomez JrGuillermo Gomez Jr7 months ago

    zozzo. Fortnitezozzo. Fortnite7 months ago
  • It made me happy that the pelicans were back on track. All this corona bs sucks tho.

    Gabriel SchmidtGabriel Schmidt7 months ago
  • 7:20 and theres still 25 games left in the season corono virus: sike nigga, you thought

    vF GodItachivF GodItachi7 months ago
  • Lonzo is transforming into a steve nash type of player

    wang kennethwang kenneth7 months ago
  • Fam that’s Nancy Lieberman

    quietdez86quietdez867 months ago
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    Rory SidovarRory Sidovar7 months ago
  • lonzo deserves to be an all-star next season.. he’s a complete package you all know that he can be the go to guy of the pelicans but he just give room for zion to be the face of pelicans

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    YoshiYoshi7 months ago
  • Lol could you imagine if the lakers knew how to develop young talent and had a starting 5 of Lonzo, DLo, Ingram, Lebron and julius Randle

    Caleb CrowellCaleb Crowell7 months ago
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    jame hannahjame hannah7 months ago
  • bru wait till the end of the vid before asking for subs

    HugeoT 118HugeoT 1187 months ago
  • I feel like if it wasnt for lonzo dad hed prolly still be on the lakers his dad is way to much drama thats why hed played not so great but im rooting for him next year

    Logan RueLogan Rue7 months ago
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  • Zonzo

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  • mj2kallday: I'm sick right now me: omg, you got corona virus

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    Shivam PatelShivam Patel7 months ago
  • He's doing better because he's further away from his dad.

    The Murder STiThe Murder STi7 months ago
  • Technically Shawn Marion had the ugliest jumper of all time

    ChrisChris7 months ago
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    Charlie FaulknerCharlie Faulkner7 months ago
  • Get ready to hear Zo to Zi all the time!

    Arch DawgArch Dawg7 months ago
  • God damn gobert I wanted to see Lonzo shoot 😔

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    Charlie EllisCharlie Ellis7 months ago
  • I remember you saying that Lonzo is a bust. So what about now??

    All Over The WorldAll Over The World7 months ago
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  • The Arrow in the thumbnail brought me here.

    Cute DoggosCute Doggos7 months ago

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  • Lonzo is sooooo OVERRATED! Keep dreaming he'll crush the NBA lmao

    Merc009Merc0097 months ago
  • Like everyone was saying 🤷🏻‍♂️ LA is really going to regret letting Zo and BI go lol imagine this current Lonzo and Ingram with AD and Bron

    Brahma Bull GamingBrahma Bull Gaming7 months ago
  • Very simple answer that doesn’t need 10 minutes. Because he’s no longer playing with LeBron. LeBron is one of the GOATs but when you play with him you HAVE to defer and you can’t grow with him, he’s like a black hole, he sucks everyone’s abilities that’s on his team and uses them to enhance himself, then wins

    Bishop MBishop M7 months ago
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  • The wrist motion got wayyyy to clean

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    Carlo Miguel MarasiganCarlo Miguel Marasigan7 months ago
  • Lonzo and Ben Simmons only care about winning and only things people could say bad about them are their shooting. Imagine both with a great shot

    J GJ G7 months ago
  • You can tell Zion and zo bout to be close friends. Basketball has a way of being able to tell true friends by chemistry. They are doing this effortlessly and they remind me of wade and lebron when they played for Miami

    10kCam T.V10kCam T.V7 months ago
  • Are lonzo and Zion the new curry and klay?

    D4rk s1nnD4rk s1nn7 months ago
  • Zo deserves most improved player 2019-2020 season.

    Serenity in silenceSerenity in silence7 months ago
  • I like u that your always putting up stats

    Zach Thurman DukeZach Thurman Duke7 months ago
  • if were being honest then getting rid of the shoes really helped

    TSKMoradTSKMorad7 months ago
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    kisek 98kisek 987 months ago
  • From the improvement Lonzo has been making, its possible that in 2 years he could be a star two way player imo

    JeffJeff7 months ago
  • My guy are you ok you sound like you got the corona virus

    Dude CrazyDude Crazy7 months ago
  • Can we get a video about how good jayson Tatum is playing this year

    Deadz GTDeadz GT7 months ago
  • Lonzo can play he’s good asf I think he just needs to break out of his shell and be more consistent, with the Lakers he learned a lot now with the pelicans u can see it.

    Daniel QuirozDaniel Quiroz7 months ago
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