While a number of NBA players have become entertainers for talents beyond the court, such as Damian Lillard and his rapping abilities, it's rarely a good sign when those endeavors outshine your performance in the league.
Unfortunately for Lonzo Ball, his struggles from last season can be best summarized by one key comparison: he released more songs on Spotify than he made free throws in the 2018 NBA season.
While his music career isn't exactly taking off, Ball released 21 songs on Spotify this past season. From the free-throw line, Ball converted on just 20 of 48 attempts. While Ball isn't exactly a pure shooter, a point guard shooting free throws like Shaquille O'Neal is pretty rough.
Ball is, however, notorious for one aspect of his shooting though. That being his shooting motion, of course. It's tough to suggest that someone who is already in the NBA should completely rework his shooting motion, but Ball's free-throw percentage certainly makes the argument easier.
While this stat comparison is glaring on its face, it should be noted that Ball played in only 47 total games last season due to injury. Yet, that percentage doesn't excuse this fact.
Ball was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason in the notable trade that also included Anthony Davis' move to LA. Hopefully the change of scenery results in an improved overall performance from the former No. 2 overall pick.
If nothing else, the move from Los Angeles to New Orleans may mean less music released from Lonzo, which could already be a step in the right direction on the court.
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