Ball averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in his premier season. He was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month three times and was just the 12th rookie in league history to average at least 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.5 steals since the 1973-74 campaign, according to
LaMelo Ball won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award last season despite playing in only 51 games. The former Illawarra Hawks’ star has given Charlotte Hornets‘ fans something to be legitimately excited about for the first time since Michael Jordan got rid of the “Bobcats.”
Ball’s stat line was impressive for a 19-year-old. He became the youngest player in league history to record a triple-double just 10 games into his career. He was among the rookie leaders in points, assists, steals, and rebounds.
The third-overall pick in the 2020 draft was better-than-advertised last year, but now he’s expected to take another leap and help the Hornets get back to the postseason for the first time since 2016.
(Disclaimer: Charlotte was the 10th seed in the East last year and lost a play-in game to the Washington Wizards).
LaMelo Ball was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2020-21
LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the third quarter of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. | Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Ball averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in his premier season. He was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month three times and was just the 12th rookie in league history to average at least 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.5 steals since the 1973-74 campaign, according to NBA.com.
Ball led the 2020 draft class in assists and steals and was second in points and rebounds. He became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double after dropping 22 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 11.0 assists against the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 9.
Not expected to be a great shooter coming into the league, Melo hit seven 3-pointers in a game against Houston less than a month after his triple-double and finished that night with 24 points, 10.0 assists, and seven rebounds.
Yet another crazy stat: The 6-foot-6 point guard had at least 10 games with 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, putting him in a category with Luka Doncic and LeBron James as the only teenage rookies with that many 20-5-5 games.
For good measure, he also put himself alongside only Jason Kidd and Stephen Curry when he totaled 20 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds while making seven 3-pointers as a rookie.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards was also in the conversation for Rookie of the Year, but Ball’s stats and all-around game at age 19 were simply too impressive to voters.
Charlotte head coach James Borrego expects his star to take a leap this season
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— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 8, 2021
The teenage playmaker wasn’t in the starting lineup to begin his debut season, but before the halfway mark Borrego realized his rookie was too good to come off the bench.
Ball put up all-time stat lines his first season in the NBA and helped the Hornets to 33 wins, 10 more than …read more
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