The NBA's 2017-18 regular-season schedule won't be released until August, but suffice to say, the first Sixers-Lakers matchup between Ball and Philly's No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will be appointment viewing.
With the Lakers, University of Los Angeles guard Lonzo Ball potentially represents what the Lakers have been seeking. The draft pick comes only two days after the Lakers front office made another big offseason move.
LaVar Ball's proclamation came to life Thursday night.
Those evaluations partly explain why the Lakers also felt comfortable trading third-year guard D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Ball, a Chino Hills native who excelled in his one year with the Bruins, had been widely projected by most experts as the team's likely pick with the No. 2 selection.
But as great as Ball was on the court, it's his father LaVar who has garnered most of the attention for his eye-opening comments, comparing his son to the likes of Steph Curry and Jason Kidd. His cool playmaking turned UCLA into the highest-scoring team in Division I, and he scored 14.6 points per game despite an unorthodox shot.