Welcome to the very first edition of “Would You Rather Draft”.
“Would You Rather Draft” is going to be a series of articles, focusing on reader engagement.
How it works: Two players, at almost identical points of their careers, will be put against each other. We will look at stats, season history and strengths/weaknesses from each player.
But, the decision is yours to make.
Without further ado, let’s get to it!
The first edition of “Would You Rather Draft” is Ben Simmons vs Lonzo Ball.
Two players coming off interesting rookie seasons. Let’s start with the Rookie of the Year, Ben Simmons.
2017-18: 15.8ppg, 8.1rpg, 8.2apg
Although Simmons was in the NBA during the 2016-17 season, he didn’t play a second on the court as he was dealing with an injury. So, technically, 2017-18 was his rookie season-and it was a good one.
Simmons, who seems to be on the perfect team, did it all. Rebounding, setting his teammates up to score and chipping in 15 points a night.
Simmons, 22, seems to already have it figured out, except for one thing. And this one weakness is what’s keeping him from really taking over the league. He’s not a good jump shooter.
Simmons shot over 50 percent from the field, but the majority of those shots weren’t jump shots.
Here are some numbers, pulled from NBA.com:
As you can see, 71 percent of Simmons’ shot attempts were within 8 feet.
If Simmons wants to reach the next level, he has to work on his shooting.
That brings us to look at Lonzo Ball’s rookie season.
2017-18: 10.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 7.2apg
The most talked about rookie this season had an up and down rookie season. It’s not a season to forget, but it’s not one that Lavar would want Lonzo to brag about neither.
Lonzo, a stud in his lone season at UCLA, was the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. That right there is enough to rattle a NBA rookie.
But, not Lonzo. You couldn’t look into Lonzo a sense fear nor nervousness, and for good reason. He knows how to play the game. He showed signs of being a rookie, but a pretty polished rookie.
Very similar to Simmons, Lonzo can rebound the ball, and can get his teammates involved just as well as Simmons does.
The weakness of Lonzo? He’s not aggressive enough. As the point guard, your duty is to get others in a rhythm, but it’s ok to be a tad bit selfish sometimes, in terms of looking for your own shot.
Also, Lonzo did have a poor shooting season, shooting just 36 percent from the field.
NBA.com gives us a deeper look into those numbers.
Unlike Simmons, Ball isn’t afraid to shoot jumpers away from the rim, as his 291 shot attempts from 24+ ft suggests.
Both players are very similar in play style, but both know improvement is needed.
Pointing out the weaknesses isn’t a knock on the player, it’s just to make your decision tougher.
So, who would you rather draft: Ben Simmons or Lonzo Ball?
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Be on the lookout for the next edition of “Would You Rather Draft”!