The Rookie of the Year race this season is pretty much a done deal. It’s only a matter of time before Charlotte Hornets stud LaMelo Ball is officially announced as this year’s top rookie. The 19-year-old has been so good in his debut campaign, that he’s left all other rookies in the dust.

According to Ball himself, however, bagging the Rookie of the Year title isn’t exactly one of his biggest objectives coming into the NBA:

“Nah, not really. I ain’t really look at it as a goal,” Ball said, via Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times. “I just knew I was going to go out there, just had to be me. And if chips fall where they fall, you get the rookie of the year or you don’t. You still just got to play, though. It’s more of a team game. I’m trying to go to the playoffs, trying to go on a deep run, stuff like that.”

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This is an interesting statement from LaMelo here. He pretty much played down the Rookie of the Year award, which is something that’s already in the bag for him. This also isn’t the first time Ball has shared this particular point of view when it comes to the ROY race.

LaMelo Ball is not one to mince words, and the Hornets star usually very honest with his responses during interviews. As such, we actually believe him when he says that the Rookie of the Year trophy was not one of his primary motivators coming into his debut season in the NBA. Then again, perhaps it’s his unwavering self-belief that let him know that the race was already over even before it started.