I have to admit that I haven’t been keeping up with all of Lonzo Ball’s family drama. Between his dad and his brothers, all the coverage is too much like reading a tabloid, so I just ignore it all. Basically, if it’s not happening in the NBA or it’s not the Olympics I don’t care about it. What I have been keeping up with, however, is Lonzo’s improvement over the course of the season. The difference between his monthly splits is stark: in October and November, he shot around 31% from the field; in December and half of January, he’s shooting 42%, which is actually a really good mark for a rookie point guard. His three point percentage has seen a similar jump, from 26% to 37%.
Basically, if Lonzo can just hold steady at these percentages, he’ll be able to undo most of the damage he did to his numbers in the first two months of the season, and he won’t even be close to entering the “worst shooting rookies of all time” conversation. Part of me is sad that he won’t be in that conversation because I love ragging on players nonstop (especially if they’re from a big market team; that way I can antagonize more fans), but part of me is happy that he’s overcoming his rough start to become a legitmate threat from outside while maintaining his pretty assist totals.