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Lonzo Ball Confidential

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Lakers already impressed by Lonzo (0:33)

With several highlight-reel plays in the summer league and preseason, Lonzo Ball has the Lakers buzzing ahead of the regular season. (0:33)

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LOVE HIM OR loathe him, it's Lonzo (and LaVar) time in LA, so we went man-to-man press on 59 NBA pros with six on-the-Ball questions.


What is Lonzo Ball's ceiling?

All-Star 45 percent
Starter 43 percent
Role player 10 percent
MVP 2 percent


If you played LaVar Ball to 11, how many points would he score?

0 87 percent
1-8 10 percent
< 0 3 percent

"He'd have negative points. he'd put one in his own basket." -- Eighth-year NBA forward


Is LaVar Ball a master strategist or buffoon?

Master strategist 79 percent
Buffoon 9 percent
Both 12 percent

"You're asking me questions about LaVar Ball. I think he's making his point." -- Eastern Conference rookie


Big Baller Brand: Joke or legit?

Joke 18 percent
Legit 82 percent

"I love it. It's an opportunity to do something outstanding." -- Second-year NBA player


Does Lonzo Ball need to change his jumper to be successful in the NBA?

Yes 12 percent
No 88 percent

"No way he gets that shot off with Kawhi Leonard in his face." -- Eastern Conference guard


Who will win Rookie of the Year?

Dennis Smith Jr. 39 percent
Ben Simmons 15 percent
Malik Monk 9 percent
Lonzo Ball 7 percent
Jayson Tatum 7 percent


Not all players answered every question.