LaMelo Ball joins LeBron James and Luka Doncic after fiery February
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball continues to impress in his first season in the NBA. Numbers reveal that he forged his name beside Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Dallas Mavericks main man Luka Doncic for an amazing teenager record.
Per ESPN Statistics and Information, LaMelo became just the third teenager in NBA history to average 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists in a calendar month.
In February, LaMelo Ball averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ball became the 3rd teenager to average 20-6-6 in a calendar month (min. 10 games). He joined Luka Doncic and LeBron James, who each did this multiple times. pic.twitter.com/r5eiTIWQCw
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While a lot can still happen, perhaps we can say that all the hype surrounding LaMelo prior to his entry into the NBA was all worth it. The kid really is a very good basketball player. LaVar Ball was not just boosting his son’s stock, he really does see something special in him.
The 19-year-old LaMelo is averaging 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists as he continues to be the top contender for the Rookie of the Year trophy. He’s shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from downtown, and 80.6 percent from the free throw line.
But more than the numbers, LaMelo has been a major contributor to the Hornets’ season thus far. While their 16-17 record is not that impressive, it’s already a huge leap from last season, when the team only won a mere 23 games.
All of the credit, however, cannot simply be passed on to LaMelo. He certainly has his weaknesses, especially in taking care of the rock. Yet his contributions to the Hornets cannot be simply ignored or understated. LaMelo Ball definitely deserves to be in the NBA at such a young age. And it would be interesting to see how far he can take his talents.