If we look ahead to the season, here’s a list of NBA point guards who are 6'3" or less and are thought of as defensive liabilities: Curry, Lillard, IT, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, Jeremy Lin, JJ Barea, Eric Gordon, Derek Rose, Darren Collison, and Ty Lawson. Throw in some tall guys who are weak defensively: CJ McCollum, Devin Booker, Deron Williams, D’Angelo Russell, Zach Lavine, etc.

The point is, Ball will face a ton of average to weak defenders, which means he will get penetration to set up the offense. And with Lopez on the 3-point line, he might even develop a post-up game against the smaller guards.

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