Father of UCLA Star Lonzo Ball: He’ll Be Better Than Stephen Curry and Jason Kidd in the NBA

Bryan Brandom
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UCLA guard and top NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball had better start clearing room in his trophy case now, because according to his father LaVar, he’s going to need it for his multiple NBA MVP awards.

Thanks to their affinity to pull up from deep at any moment, Lonzo and his two high school-aged brothers (one of which, LaMelo, just dropped 92 points in a game) often draw comparisons to reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

But does LaVar think Lonzo will be as good as the Golden State Warriors star?

“Hell no!” the father told TMZ on Tuesday. “He’s going to be better than Steph Curry in the NBA. … Steph Curry is really good, but my son is young. He’s got time to grow. And you only consider [Curry] good because he won a couple of championships.”

LaVar also said his 6’6″ son is better than future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd, that his son’s being light-skinned plays a role in how talent evaluators see him, and that he compares Lonzo to Penny Hardaway.

“Man, you gotta compare somebody to something, but you can’t compare my boy to nobody,” LaVar said. “They try. Im gonna tell you this, they say he’s like Jason Kidd. But he’s taller than Jason Kidd. Okay, he jumps better than Jason Kidd. He’s longer than Jason Kidd. He’s got a better shot than Jason Kidd. How can you compare them? You’re comparing him to Steph Curry, you know why? I’m gonna give you something. Adidas Nations compared my boy—guess who they compared him to, when they didn’t think he was that good. Kendall Marshall! Another light-skinned guard. So they’re only comparing my boy to the color. If you look at him, he’s more built and plays like Penny Hardaway.”

During his freshman season, Ball is averaging 15.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game, shooting a ridiculous 43.2 percent on 5.6 three-point attempts per game and an even crazier 70.3 percent on his two-pointers.

He’s projected to be selected somewhere in the top five of the 2017 NBA Draft.