The comparison game is something that happens quite often in sports, with the desire in some instances being to connect players from different eras. That’s been the case for Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, whose passing skills and early shooting struggles have led some to compare him to former NBA point guard and current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd.
Asked about the comparison in an interview with ESPN, Kidd said that it’s too early for the comparison to be made.
“I am not saying it is not fair [to make the comparison], but it is too early,” Kidd told ESPN.com. “People are talking about Rookie of the Year; we are already talking about awards [for Ball]. But it is really early and we are 12 games into this. We are jumping the gun a little bit. Let’s enjoy and watch this young kid play and then we will make the comparison at 40 games [or more].
“Let him get some games under his belt. I truly think he is talented. Today we want everything microwaved, we want it overnight or we want it Googled. We want to see the answer now.”
Ball, selected second overall in June’s NBA Draft out of UCLA, has only played 12 games in his NBA career. Averaging 8.9 points, 6.9 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game on the season, Ball is shooting just 29.2 percent from the field, 22.0 percent from long distance and 50.0 percent from the foul line. With some of the similarities in their games and paths to the NBA, with both Kidd and Ball being prep sensations in California, the comparison has been made on many occasions.
While that has to be flattering to Ball, to Kidd’s point the rookie has barely gotten his feet wet in the NBA. And shooting-wise, it should be noted that after struggling early in his career, Kidd is currently ranked eighth on the NBA’s list for all-time 3-pointers made (Stephen Curry is 27 behind him in ninth place).