Giants' Saquon Barkley Compares Hornets' LaMelo Ball to Magic Johnson

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2021

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball passes the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Miami Heat, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley knows plenty about making an immediate impact as a rookie, and he is already making head-turning comparisons for one of the NBA's brightest first-year playmakers.

During a conversation with Kevin Clark of The Ringer, Barkley compared Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball to Magic Johnson (around the 5:30 mark):

Kevin Clark @bykevinclark

SLOW NEWS DAY. The first Super Bowl Slow News Day is our new buddy @saquon. Talking Super Bowl/his dog Bo/getting new perspectives on the sport and a lofty comparison for LaMelo Ball. WATCH: https://t.co/o4HOVA80eN

Talk about high expectations.

Johnson is arguably the best point guard in NBA history. The Hall of Famer finished his career with five championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, three league MVPs, 12 All-Star nods and 10 All-NBA selections.

Ball has a long way to go, although he is already impressing with his passing skills and made his first career start Monday.

If he lives up to Barkley's comparison, he will eventually develop into one of the best players in NBA history.


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