Though his shooting has been Cameron Diaz-in-Gangs of New York levels of hard to watch this season, Lonzo Ball has flashed plenty of the all-around game that, along with a broken jumper, earned him predraft comparisons to Jason Kidd.
But the numbers Ball put up against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night earned immediate comparisons to a player even higher up on the league’s greatness hierarchy: LeBron James.
Last week, Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
On Sunday, he didn’t quite set the record for the youngest player to notch a triple-double—he matched LeBron’s exactly.
Lonzo Ball records his 2nd career triple-double at 20 years, 23 days old. LeBron James was also 20 years, 23 days old at the time of his second career triple-double.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 20, 2017
Lonzo finished with 11 points (on still not-great shooting: 5-of-13), 16 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Lonzo Ball’s 16 rebounds are the most by a rookie guard in 17 years…
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) November 20, 2017
Here he is getting a block, a rebound, and an assist in a single play.
And here’s just a ridiculous finish on an alley-oop feed from Julius Randle.
After reigning victorious, 127-109, Ball said he much preferred this triple-double to the one he record in the Bucks loss.
“I actually like this one,” Lonzo said.
“The media will probably love him tomorrow and hate him again the next day,” noted Lakers coach Luke Walton. “He’s going to stay level headed and keep doing what he does. We’re gonna keep saying we support him, he’s gonna keep getting better. That’s just going to probably be the process of how this plays out.”