Hornets’ LaMelo Ball has reached James Harden, LeBron James territory
LaMelo Ball has shown superstar potential in his rookie season with the Charlotte Hornets, garnering the attention of everyone across the league. Despite playing for a Hornets team that isn’t winning often, Ball can say he’s in the same conversation as James Harden and LeBron James in certain metrics, via StatMuse.
Through the first 32 games of his rookie season, Ball is one of five players to average at least 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists per game while shooting 35 percent or better from three-point range. The other four players are Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Harden, and James.
To be exact, Ball is currently averaging 15 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game for the Hornets. The California native is also converting 35.1 percent of his three-point attempts while attempting 5.3 three-pointers a game.
Ball, who was taken with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 Draft, had some concerns from scouts coming into the NBA. Despite the doubts that some had, Ball has shown that he can be a special offensive player in the league for a very long time.
His ability to create for others and his knowledge of the game is uncanny for a 19-year-old. Seeing that Ball didn’t have a definitive role to begin the season, his numbers at this point of the season are even more impressive.
Some questioned whether or not Ball could be a premier player in the NBA due to various reasons. Regardless of what anyone thinks, the Hornets rookie is proving that he belongs by putting himself in the same territory as superstars like Jokic, Doncic, Harden, and James.