From: Austin, Minnesota
ORIGINAL: David Levine
If we stay at #1, I definitely would take Ball.
I think he's potentially too unique. He has off the chart basketball instincts without ever having good coaching (his Australian team was a joke).
Absolutely love his size, and he may still be growing.
Assists, rebounds, steals and a solid assist:turnover ratio. There are all really positive BBIQ signs, so he could be coached into a solid defender.
Not a good shooter, but his shot is far from broken. Over 70% from the line, feathery touch on floaters out to about 15 feet and really good around the rim with a variety of shots.
The 3 is a problem, but its more about inconsistencies. When he goes straight up and down, his shot is quite nice - although he does have a low release. His problem is far too often he jackknifes or flays his legs when shooting and then things fall apart. Its definitely a coachable shot.
Now, if the shot and defense don't come around, he's definitely not worth the #1 pick. He'd basically be Ben Simmons without the defense *and a propensity to launch bad shots...).
I'd have Vanterpool spend a lot of time talking to him before the draft to try to get a feel of how coachable he thinks he is.
Based on your analysis, DL, other teams HAVE to believe he is the # 1 pick. We should be able to leverage a trade to our liking OR go ahead and pick him. If he becomes an all-star we have a huge chip. I say take him!
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