LaVar Ball explains why LaMelo will be number one pick

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LaMelo Ball, the youngest son of LaVar Ball, is about to enter the NBA. Coming off after a season in Australia with the Illawarra Hawks the 18-year-old point guard is projected to be a Top 5 draft pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

“Whoever is the most popular usually gonna be number one,” LaVar told Kazeem Famuyide on Say Less with Kaz. “Usually whoever is the best guard is gonna be high in the draft. Actually, RJ Barrett looked like he had a better start and a better plan than Zion. But Zion was more popular thank with the dunks, shoes, strong. So he moved to number one.

“Look who’s number two. Ja Morant. Came out of Murray State. Murray State ain’t no big school. But you’re the best guard in the game… Now, you got Melo who’s the most popular than anybody in the draft. And the best guard. You get a two for one. Who ain’t gonna take him for number one? You have to be a fool even if you don’t like him, you don’t like what’s going on, you get him and trade him.”

When asked what happens if the Golden State Warriors, who have Steph Curry at point guard, get the number one pick, father Ball maintained that it would still make sense for them to draft LaMelo. “Melo is the only one in the draft that’s worldwide. The way he’s set up, people have to do that,” LaVar said.

According to, LaMelo is projected to be the third pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves (as of June 21).

Listen to the full episode of Say Less With Kaz with LaVar Ball: