You can’t judge too much from NBA Summer League, and you definitely can’t read too much into one possession. But Lakers youngsters Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram sure are making that difficult.
On their first possession of the Lakers’ first Summer League game, Ball showed off his otherworldly court vision and passing ability, connecting with Ingram on this beautiful alley-oop.
Lonzo Ball is the Lightskindid Dragon! pic.twitter.com/YaqMzOBzeU
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) July 8, 2017
Here’s one more look:
Oh yeah that's right, Lonzo's actually nasty at basketball pic.twitter.com/o7A0t5SdRh
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 8, 2017
As you could imagine, that connection between the last two years’ No. 2 picks sent Lakers fans and media into a frenzy.
LONZO BALL, WELCOME TO THE PURPLE AND GOLD!
Zo hits Ingram for an alley-oop slam on his first possession as a Laker!
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2017
Ingram confirmed MVP Lonzo confirmed goat 4 minutes in summer league. I back it up. No questions asked. Bye
— LakeShowTalk (@Lakeshowtalk) July 8, 2017
LONZO TO INGRAM ON THE LOB AND I IMMEDIATELY TAKE BACK EVERYTHING I SAID ABOUT OVERREACTING!!!!!!!
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) July 8, 2017
Dog Lonzo and Ingram started with the lob! I'm fucking juiced!!! LAKESHOW
— Suavecito. (@DamierGenesis) July 8, 2017
LONZO BALL ALLEY OOP TO BRANDON INGRAM
THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED
— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) July 8, 2017
Shortly after, Ball and Ingram combined on another pretty passing sequence to set up an easy bucket.
— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) July 8, 2017
Ball and Ingram are still teenagers for another few months, FYI. And while Ball has struggled to get his jumper going through the first half of Friday’s game, Ingram looks like a complete stud so far.