When Magic Johnson tweets, you can expect some very generic analysis of players or teams. When Johnson speaks, on the other hand, you never know what he’s going to say. Just take his latest comments on Lonzo Ball as evidence.
During an appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday, Johnson said Ball has the has the highest basketball IQ of any point guard in the NBA. No, he wasn’t kidding.
“There’s no point guard in this league whose basketball IQ is higher than Lonzo Ball,” Johnson told Stephan A. Smith and the rest of the First Take crew on Tuesday.
Johnson must’ve forgot about Chris Paul. And LeBron James. And Rajon Rondo. And dozens of the other NBA players. It doesn’t matter. Johnson is high on Ball and clearly believes he’s one of the best point guards in the NBA today.
"There's no point guard in this league whose basketball IQ is higher than Lonzo Ball."
— ESPN (@espn) March 23, 2021
It’s worth noting Magic Johnson did select Lonzo Ball with the second-overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. In doing so, the Lakers missed out on players like Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo.
Lonzo Ball definitely isn’t a bust, but he’s also not the star everyone believed he would become. This season, he’s averaging a career-best 14.2 points per game to go along with 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds.
Ball’s greatest impact isn’t found in the stat sheet, though. His IQ is above-average, and Johnson believes it’s the best in the sport. We don’t buy it. Neither do other basketball fans.
— Jeremy Rounds (@ItsJRounds) March 23, 2021
Magic doubling down on drafting Lonzo #2 in 2017 https://t.co/9Xiwbd4BAr
— Karim Alammuri (@Radio_Reem) March 23, 2021
Magic Johnson’s praise for Lonzo Ball shouldn’t be ignored. Johnson himself is widely regarded as the greatest point guard of all-time.
Ball still has a ways to go before he can surpass the basketball IQ of players like Chris Paul and even Rajon Rondo, though.