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Hornets have unlocked LaMelo Ball’s scary potential with one simple change

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Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball started his rookie campaign on the wrong foot as he found himself coming off the bench in the early stages of the 2020-21 season. Due to his string of impressive performances, the 19-year-old was eventually slotted into the starting lineup which is paying dividends for the Hornets.

Since Ball was named as a starter back in early February, he has managed to average fantastic numbers of 20.1 points, 6.7 assists, and 6.2 rebounds through 13 contests, per Tom Haberstroh. In that stretch, the Hornets were able to notch a 7-6 win-loss tally to remain in the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

Head coach James Borrego and his squad continued to impress after stealing a road victory against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Hornets forward P.J. Washington had a career-game as he exploded for 42 points and nine rebounds while Ball registered 24 points and 12 assists for the team.

Efficient execution down the stretch eventually allowed the Charlotte-based squad to get back in the game as they rolled past the Kings on a 127-126 victory. With the narrow win, the Hornets further improved to a 16-17 record to nab the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

After being named as a regular starter in their last few games, LaMelo Ball is expected to make bigger contributions for the Hornets amid his stellar rookie campaign. His level of production will definitely be critical for the team as they continue to vie for a playoff spot as the season progresses.