With the NBA's long-decade poster boy LeBron James riding out the last few years of his career, the league will eventually need another superstar to be the face of the league.
As early as now, many Hall-of-Famers have already chimed in on who they believe will take over the league one day. The latest one to do so is Tracy McGrady, who recently mentioned that LaMelo Ball and Ja Morant would be headlining the NBA in a couple of years.
What separates Ball from the rest
McGrady said that he also foresees Ball eventually playing under the bright lights in Los Angeles. According to McGrady, what separates Ball from the other young rising superstars is that he's built for the moment and has a confident swagger that not many stars today embody.
"It'll be between LaMelo Ball and Ja Morant. If LaMelo can get to La La Land, because I think he's built for that like he has that personality, has that moxie, he's built for that. I think he can be the face of the NBA," McGrady told Shannon Sharpe in the latest episode of Club Shay Shay's podcast.
Notice how McGrady directly mentioned Los Angeles as a potential destination for Ball in the future? It's also eye-opening that ESPN analyst Jay Williams recently said that he foresees the young guard playing for the purple and gold one day. While Ball playing in Los Angeles could certainly be a possibility, Charlotte Horners fans shouldn't panic just yet.
After all, Ball has yet to address where he wants to play in the future. What Hornets fans should be focusing on right now is the continued development of their rising superstar and how he can eventually be who McGrady believes he can be, which is the future face of the league.
Ball is on his way there
After a stellar rookie season, Ball added another impressive chapter to his career by averaging 20.1 points and 7.6 assists this season. This year, he also made the All-Star game as a reserve and is ranked fifth on ESPN's NBA 25 under 25 list.
Ball still has a long way to go to be the NBA's next poster boy, but his style of play has already made him one of the most exciting guards in the league today. As McGrady said, Ball certainly has the personality and moxie that charms many NBA fans and analysts.
The key for Ball is to continue improving his game. He will be in his third season next year, and all eyes will be on him to see if Ball can indeed be a franchise player. Ball certainly has the skill, mojo, and superstar potential, but can he take this to another level? If he does, then maybe the NBA might just be looking at the next king of the league.