Early Tuesday, LiAngelo Ball—the middle Ball brother—declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. His announcement was met with general laughter, with people sneering at the idea that he thinks he could be drafted.
LiAngelo Ball has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) March 27, 2018
Here’s the complete list of teams that have expressed interest in drafting him: pic.twitter.com/y0Zo1F1dTG
LiAngelo is regarded as the weakest prospect of the three Ball brothers, but playing in the NBA is not an impossibility for him.
LiAngelo Ball's 15.7 pts average in just 25 mins per game would top official LKL scorers table if he would have played in half of Vytautas games this season. 3.0 threepointers made with 45% is crazy good.— Ramunas Klimavicius (@ramklim) March 25, 2018
The 6-foot-5 guard has shown in Lithuania that he can certainly score. On the day he declared for the draft, he put that scoring ability on full display. He went off for 72 points. Yes, 72 points.
LaMelo, the youngest Ball brother, added 36. The game was dubbed the Big Baller Brand Challenge, and LaVar coached the Vytautus squad. Watch highlights below.
The former UCLA freshman added 11 rebounds in the 159-115 win. It's worth noting, however, that this was an exhibition against a Chinese youth team—not a game to be taken all that seriously.
Actually, terrible game to watch, worthless to play.— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) March 27, 2018
Ball is projected as a second-round pick at best. His older brother, Lonzo, went No. 2 in the 2017 draft.