5-on-5 With Chris Stone on the Dallas Mavericks 2017 NBA Draft
1.) Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball?
Harris: If the Dallas Mavericks win the lottery and want to select their next point guard of the future, is it Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball?
Stone: “I think this is a pretty easy decision in favor of Fultz. He fits the mold of big, athletic point guard that has been trending in the NBA. He has all of the skills you could want on offense, including being able to attack off the bounce, facilitate in the halfcourt and transition and shoot from outside. Fultz has the potential to play both on the ball or off it, which would bring a nice bit of flexibility for Rick Carlisle to work with.
Defensively, there are still some questions given the porous performance of Washington’s team defense this season, but Fultz has the physical tools to be a good defender. He’ll just require some coaching to tease those out.
Ball, on the other hand, has been climbing up draft boards this season as he’s helped fundamentally changed the style of play for the Bruins en route to a hot start in Los Angeles. Still, there are some concerns about how well the 6-foot-6 guard will translate in the NBA. Specifically, can Ball defend NBA-level point guards and will the awkward mechanics of his jump shot allow him to shoot off the dribble as a professional? For those reasons, this is an easy call for me.”
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