Few top NBA prospects in the last few years have been as polarizing as LaMelo Ball. But that may not stop at least one team from moving up to get him.
According to ESPN’s Eric Woodyard, the Detroit Pistons are contemplating a move up to take Ball in the upcoming NBA Draft. Detroit currently holds the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, and general manager Troy Weaver has reportedly expressed interest in moving up.
Ball has fairly strong ties to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit. His manager, Jermaine Jackson, played for the Pistons and is a Detroit native. Weaver highlighted as much in a recent pre-draft media appearance.
“I’m always happy to hear players embrace our organization, our city. That never goes unnoticed. I know people around him. His trainer is a Detroit native, so I’m sure he’s been here for a while working out,” Weaver said. “I’m sure he’s well versed in the city from traveling around, being with his trainer and hearing different things, so no, that doesn’t go unnoticed and that’s always a positive when prospects speak highly of the city and the organization.”
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— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) November 5, 2020
It definitely helps that Ball’s even more polarizing father, LaVar Ball, named the Pistons as one of the preferred teams for his son.
All of that said, it might not even matter if the Minnesota Timberwolves, who hold the top pick, take him.
While his lack of college experience and his father’s boisterous personality may be off-putting to some teams, the talent is there.
Will LaMelo Ball be a Detroit Piston when all is said and done?