BREAKING: Hornets’ LaMelo Ball named 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has been named 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
LaMelo Ball was the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft behind Edwards and James Wiseman. While he started the season coming off the bench, Ball soon made waves and earned a starting spot.
The 19-year-old missed time with a wrist injury, but he still helped the Hornets earn a spot in the play-in tournament. Charlotte finished with a 33-39 record to get the No. 10 spot in the Eastern Conference, but the play-in tournament game against the Indiana Pacers didn’t go well.
Still, the Hornets now have a franchise player in LaMelo Ball who gives them a very promising future. The young guard showed off his transcendent playmaking ability throughout his rookie season while also showing his potential as a scorer. He averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 43.6% from the field and 35.2% from 3 in 51 games.
Anthony Edwards came on strong as the season went on for the Timberwolves to finish with 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 41.7% overall and 32.9% from 3-point range. Tyrese Haliburton was rock solid all season for Sacramento, averaging 13.0 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds while shooting an efficient 47.2% from the field and 40.9% from 3-point range.
However, that wasn’t enough to beat out LaMelo Bell for this award. It will be fun to watch these guys develop as their careers go on.