Since the Lakers landed the second spot in the 2017 NBA Draft lottery, the De’Aaron Fox vs. Lonzo Ball chatter has been unavoidable.
Those in L.A. want to see the Lakers take the home town kid. LaVar Ball haters want nothing to do with him. In Kentucky, we saw what Fox did to Lonzo twice. For the BBN, the Lakers’ choice is simple. In an interview with Complex, Fox humbly denies the importance of his domination in their head-to-head matchups.
“People bring up the head-to-head a lot. If you were to go based off the head-to-head then why wouldn’t you pick me? But people don’t go off of two games. He had a hell of a season, I had a hell of a season. We’ll see where the chips fall.”
Still, Fox believes he’s the best player in the draft, period.
I feel like I’m the best player in this draft no matter what. But seeing the lottery and how things fell, I feel like I wouldn’t slot past five. And I feel like if I perform well in my workouts I could move up.
In a point guard heavy draft, Fox believes defense sets him apart from the pack.
“In college, I got to the basket whenever I wanted. I felt like I created better. Defensively, I feel like that really separated me. Those guys–Markelle is a great scorer, he’s able to distribute; Lonzo is a great passer; Dennis [Smith], his athleticism and being able to score is phenomenal. But I feel like defensively, that’s what sets me apart. But I can also create and I feel like I can create better than those guys and they’re all phenomenal players.”
De’Aaron discusses a variety of topics in the Complex interview, from his impending shoe deal to his meeting with Calipari before declaring for the Draft.