On some level, we probably all knew something like this was going to happen. LiAngelo Ball went undrafted and without even a Summer League invite, he joined his father LaVar’s Junior Basketball Association. After time on the UCLA basketball team and playing professionally in Lithuania, LiAngelo is playing in a league with a talent level he personally considered a step back for him.
So, of course, the middle Ball child is chucking shots at an unimaginable volume. How unimaginable? Try 48 points on 19-of-54 shooting with 16 rebounds and eight assists in a 170-123 win.
That performance is a follow up to LiAngelo’s JBA debut in which he posted 53 points on 24-of-42 shooting with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, according to the JBA’s site. So through two games with the perfectly named Los Angeles Ballers, LiAngelo is averaging 50.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and nearly a triple-double with 13 rebounds and nine assists per game. Time will tell if that’s enough to earn him a G League invite.
Naturally, LiAngelo’s younger brother LaMelo has also been getting in on the action. Through six games, LaMelo is averaging 39.3 points per game on 41 percent shooting with 10.8 assists. Again, did anyone think we weren’t going to get stats like this?
The Ballers’ head coach is one Doyle Balthazar, who was LaVar’s teammate in community college, and LaMelo was held up as the league’s “marquee player” when he signed, according to LonzoWire. Even though LaVar has said the league’s purpose is to offer a path to the NBA that doesn’t involve studying, this whole production is basically designed to prop up the Ball boys and allow LaVar to cede zero control of their careers until they sign with an NBA team, at which point he will shout as much he needs to be listened to, if his eldest son’s career is any judge.
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