Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball may be one of the most hyped prospects to come into the NBA since LeBron James back in 2003. Whether that hype has been warranted after Ball's performance thus far through his rookie season is up for debate, but there's no doubt that Lonzo's skill set and ceiling have been sold to NBA scouts, fans and the media ever since his first day at UCLA.
Many pundits closer towards draft day began comparing Lonzo to players -- both past and present -- he resembled the most, as they do with every rookie. The name that came up the most given Lonzo's height and passing ability was legendary point guard Jason Kidd. Kidd, who played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Mavs, Suns, Nets and Knicks, averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per contest throughout his entire career, which are pretty outstanding numbers given Kidd's longevity in the league.
Now four, going on five years removed from the league as a player, and currently coaching the Milwaukee Bucks, Kidd has gone on record on ESPN's First Take to say the comparisons shouldn't be made just yet.
"In three years, hopefully there's a better comparison, but right now it's a stretch and he has a way to go," Kidd said.
Even though it may be a bit harsh coming from Kidd himself, he does have a point.
Ball is currently averaging 8.9 points, 6.9 assists and 6.4 rebounds per contest, on an abysmal 29.2% FG%. Even though his passing and rebounding has translated well to the NBA, his shot definitely hasn't.
The thing is though, even if Kidd doesn't see the comparisons, the stats are telling us Lonzo could eventually be Jason Kidd 2.0 if his scoring improves.
Kidd held averages of 11.7 points, 7.7 assists, and 5.4 rebounds a game while shooting 38.5% from the field, which isn't that far of a shout away from Lonzo's averages this year.
If Ball can get his shot under control, and continue to push the pace, grabbing rebounds and tallying assists, the comparisons to Jason Kidd will only become more clear.