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NBA Teams are Starting to Figure Out De’Aaron Fox is Better than Lonzo Ball


It ain’t hard to tell that De’Aaron Fox is better than Lonzo Ball.

The first time the two point guards faced off at Rupp Arena, Ball’s team won, but he was outplayed by Fox.  Ball had 14 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, compared to Fox’s 24 points and 5 steals.

In the NCAA Tournament, Fox completely dominated Ball from start to finish.  Fox had 39 points, 4 assists and two steals.  Ball made 1-of-6 threes, scored just 10 points and immediately said after the game, “That was my final game for UCLA.  I appreciate all the fans for all the support.”

Despite all of that, NBA scouts still saw Ball as a better pro prospect, penciling him as the No. 2 player in the draft.  That’s no longer the case.

Even though neither of the two players participated in the drills at the NBA Draft Combine, ESPN’s Chad Ford left Chicago with one important takeaway: Fox has surpassed Ball on the draft boards of many NBA teams.

“No one helped himself more in March than Fox did,” Ford said.  “He has a chance to go as high as No. 2 or No. 3 in this draft.”

I don’t know what took teams so long to come to their senses.  Maybe it was Lonzo’s new shoe?

[Chad Ford]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for NBA Teams are Starting to Figure Out De’Aaron Fox is Better than Lonzo Ball

  1. KYcats11
    8:52 pm May 14, 2017 Permalink

    Why as high as number 2 or 3. Why not number 1

    • BBNDan7
      9:13 pm May 14, 2017 Permalink

      Fultz too good to pass on

    • KYcats11
      9:24 pm May 14, 2017 Permalink

      Really? I didn’t see him on my telivision come March.

    • BBNDan7
      11:48 pm May 14, 2017 Permalink

      Awful team, still a good player. Can’t do it all by yourself. Everyone knows that

    • KYcats11
      12:33 am May 15, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe he looked good, because every possession he had the ball in his hands and didn’t have to pass.

    • BBNDan7
      12:06 pm May 15, 2017 Permalink

      I mean it’s possible but there’s been other players come from small school with close to the same situation who’ve done great in the league. His numbers and measurements are just going to make him hard to pass on. Also depends on who wins the lottery and what their needs are as well.

    • StuckinLville
      12:25 am May 15, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah but Fox played with other NBA talent whereas Fultz did not, therefore, who knows if he can handle not being the man. That’s why players thrive from UK. They have to put their egos to the side.

  2. CstlCAT22
    8:56 pm May 14, 2017 Permalink

    Surprised it took that long considering UKs schedule and record… And the obvious fact Fox owned Ball during both games!

  3. LexJim
    9:06 pm May 14, 2017 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter how many teams will place Fox above Ball. it only matters if those teams have one of the top 3 pics.

  4. RexRox
    5:27 am May 15, 2017 Permalink

    I believe Ball is going to be forever remembered as way overrated. He could not come close to staying in front of Fox, and there are lots of super-quick, athletic point guards in the NBA. Don’t see him as a long-time starter for anybody in the league.

  5. RealCatsFan
    6:52 am May 15, 2017 Permalink

    You would think the fact that Ball’s old man won’t shut his yapper would start to affect his draft position.