Lonzo Ball Vs Jason Kidd!! Better Rookie??

Comparison between Lonzo Ball and Jason Kidd were a constant topic through out last year season.  So lets take a look like some numbers and see how close or how far they are from each other.  or if the comparison just nonsense.

Better individual rookie season?

Scoring Lonzo Ball Jason Kidd
2017-2018 Lonzo

1994-1995 Kidd

·         10.2ppg

·         3.9/10.8 FGs (36%)

·         1.7/5.7 on 3s (30.5%)

·         .6/1.4 FTs (45.1%)

·         -.5 offensive win shares

·         97 ORTG

·         11.7ppg

·         4.2/10.8 FGs (38.5%)

·         .9/3.3 on 3s (27.2%)

·         2.4/3.5 FTs (69.8%)

·         1.1 offensive win shares

·         103 ORTG

 

Shooting Lonzo Ball Jason Kidd
2017-2018 Lonzo

1994-1995 Kidd

·         203/564 on FGAs

·         90/295 on 3s

·         32/71 on FTs

·         80/167 (47.9%)on Restricted Area

·         20/60 (33%) in paint non R.A.

·         14/43 (32.6%)  from midrange

·         330/857 on FGAs

·         70/257 on 3s

·         192/275 on FTs

Comments: Clearly neither one could shoot in their rookie year, it sucks certain shooting stats are unavailable for Kidd’s rookie season, but based off the stats available for both, Kidd offensively had the edge.

Playmaking Lonzo Ball Jason Kidd
2017-2018 Lonzo

1994-1995 Kidd

·         7.2apg

·         2.6 tovs

·         17.4% usage rate

·         7.7apg

·         3.2 tovs

·         19% usage rate

Thoughts: Jason Kidd had 2 20+point

teammates, Zo had none, but did turn it over less per game, Kidd back then likely had the higher court vision as a rookie but considering who they had, I would say Lonzo was a bit more impressive.

Rebounding Lonzo Ball Jason Kidd
2017-2018 Lonzo

1994-1995 Kidd

·         6.9rpg

·         1.3 offensive rebs

·         5.6 defensive rebs

·         5.4rpg

·         1.9 offensive rebs

·         3.5 defensive rebs

Comments: Both had decent rebounding teammates, Zo did have a bit of a height advantage by 2 inches, but the edge goes to Lonzo.

 

Defense Lonzo Ball Jason Kidd
2017-2018 Lonzo

1994-1995 Kidd

·         1.7stls

·         .8blks

·         2.5 defensive win shares

·         106 DRTG

·         1.9stls

·         .3blks

·         2.6 defensive win shares

·         109 DRTG

Thoughts: It’s close, but considering Lonzo had to guard more elite pgs than Kidd did, the edge might have to go to Ball.

Awards? Lonzo Ball Jason Kidd
2017-2018 Lonzo

1994-1995 Kidd

·         all rookie 2nd team ·         Co-ROY

·         all rookie 1st Team

·         1x rookie of the month

Comments: Ball did have much tougher comp than Kidd to win ROY, but clearly Kidd had more “awards” than Zo during his rookie season.

Conclusion

It is unfortunate Lonzo Ball was only limited to 52 games, but statistically Lonzo did have better season, sure Kidd was Co-ROY while Ball wasn’t even top 3 in ROY voting, again one’s comp to win it was much tougher. Pretty close, but I believe Lonzo was the better rookie

Who Would You Take As A Rookie??

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