That doesn't mean he will be better than any of them. I think Simmons will get much better.
Nope...it doesn't mean he will be better. It does mean his floor isn't as low as it could have been.
Perfect example is Kuzma. He ended up in the perfect situation for his skillset. IMHO, he was closer to his absolute best case scenario this season. Does that mean his floor is lower or his ceiling is higher? Nope.
Simmons, Tatum and Mitchell played 81, 80 and 79 regular season games (respectively).
Lonzo Ball played 52.
Nothing about this year was ideal for Lonzo. Injuries, roster, lack of Franchise level talent (Embiid, Kyrie), lack of DPOY candidate (Embiid, Gobert) and lack of established identity limited his potential.
I'm not claiming Lonzo is guaranteed to be better than any of them in the future. I'm just providing context which is important. It's not as simple as "this guy is a better or worse player than this other guy" based on their rookie stats in isolation.
Edited by GCMD, May 15, 2018 - 06:06 PM.