NBA Star Power Index: Kyrie Irving is making LeBron James miss him

Ball hasn’t been anything close to a star in terms of his actual play on the court, but you can’t deny the buzz around this guy. One look at Google trends will tell you that his search traffic consistently dwarfs the numbers of league pillars such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and even LeBron. Some of that is his outspoken Pops, LaVar, but Ball’s game is fascinating. 

On one hand, the Lakers are playing above expectations and Ball’s egalitarian, hot-potato style that gets everyone involved receives a lot of credit for that. To be honest, it feels like anything good the Lakers do right now is at least indirectly traced back to Ball’s presence and the intangible effect it has on his teammates. 

Of course, the reality is that the Lakers’ offense was almost six points per 100 possessions worse with Lonzo on the floor entering Wednesday night — when he was a minus-5 against Boston after going 4 of 15 from the field, including 1 of 5 from three for nine pretty insignificant points. 

As ESPN Stats and Info noted after Wednesday’s defeat, Lonzo now has the league’s worst shooting percentage in the paint (34.4 percent) and the second-worst mark outside

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