Why LaVar Ball believes LaMelo, Warriors are bad fit in 2020 NBA Draft


Conventional wisdom would tell you that any NBA draft prospect would love to be holding the lucky ticket that sees them land with the Warriors this year.

But LaVar Ball isn't a conventional person.

While LaVar, the father of top draft prospect LaMelo Ball, believes his son is the best player in the draft, he doesn't believe the Warriors, with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, would be a good fit because they would ask the 18-year-old guard to fill a role and not be the star player LaVar believes him to be.

"That's the part I don't like about Golden State," LaVar said on the Say Less with Kaz podcast. "They got Klay and the other guys, and now you want to put Melo in that mix to say you got to follow these guys. Melo ain't no follower. He don't need to do what they do, let them do they thing.

"There's a reason you are looking at my son. He's talented and can play the game. It ain't that hard. Guy is open, and you pass it to them. You open and you been working on your shot? Shoot the ball. It's fast-paced, it's good. But don't be like Melo got to his turn and wait for two or three years to go by and learn from the veterans. Ain't about that. Can you play or not?

"And when you special, how do you coach somebody special? You just enjoy it, and they special because of the things they do. Enjoy it. Let him do what he does."

Nevermind the fact that LaMelo would rack up the assists playing alongside Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins, and that the Warriors' culture under Steve Kerr could be the perfect cauldron to mold a talented but raw prospect like him into a good NBA player. Forget all of that.

Who wants their kid to play for a winning organization surrounded by generational talents? Wouldn't you rather go play for the New York Knicks or the Cleveland Cavaliers? Yeah, that sounds more beneficial to career growth.

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But LaVar does believe the Warriors will draft LaMelo if they have the No. 1 overall pick.

"Oh yeah," Ball said when asked if the Warriors would draft La Melo No. 1. "At the end of the day, this about money and business. Melo will put people in them seats. That's one thing he can do. Who in the draft going to put people in them seats besides Melo?"

Again, this is completely discounting the fact that the Warriors already have Curry and Thompson, who do a great job of putting fans in the seats and winning titles. Don't let the facts get in the way of a good narrative, LaVar.

While LaMelo is seen as a top prospect in the class, the Warriors reportedly have Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton ranked ahead of him on their draft board. Ball's defense also leaves much to be desired, and his shot likely will need to be altered.

There's no doubt LaMelo has talent, but it seems unlikely that he's the type of player who could come in immediately and help the Warriors maximize Curry and Thompson's remaining prime years.

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The Warriors have a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick after going 15-50 with Curry playing just five games and Thompson missing the entire season. With no transcendent talent atop the board, the Warriors have a bevy of options in front of them, with a trade-down scenario being a strong possibility.

How the Warriors handle the draft is an important part of their dynastic restart. Even if LaMelo is a part of their long-term plans, LaVar and his circus antics certainly won't be.

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