Miles Bridges might know that although LaMelo Ball was selected at No. 3 by the Charlotte Hornets, he was widely believed to be the highest-ceiling player in the 2020 NBA Draft. Now, with the NBA back for the 2020-21 preseason, LaMelo has already produced a string of impressive plays to begin his young career.
On Monday night, Ball showcased his passing chops – which is his best skill – by threading the needle beautifully to Miles Bridges for a filthy alley-oop slam for the Hornets:
LaMelo + Miles, welcome to the new lob city. pic.twitter.com/JeCsPHAYmH
— Spencer Percy (@QCHspencer) December 15, 2020
As you can see, Bridges elevates sky-high and Ball delivers him a perfect pass that allowed Bridges to absolutely tomahawk it through the net with brutal power for the Hornets.
Ball has already shown plenty of flashes with the Hornets, and the 19-year-old has still yet to actually play a regular-season NBA game.
The youngest Ball brother, before coming to the Hornets, spent last season in Australia’s NBL as a member of the Illawarra Hawks, where he put up 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists in over 31 minutes a game across 12 games.
The Hornets are counting on Ball and Miles Bridges to be highly impactful players as the NBA prepares for its slightly-shortened 72-game season, which will begin on December 22. The season is starting then so that the league can present a five-game showcase on Christmas Day and get as much television money as it realistically can.
The NBA and the Hornets will finish the regular season only a few weeks later than normal, with the 2021 NBA Finals being scheduled to end just before the start of the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. NBA players are expected to participate in the Olympic basketball tournament for the various competing nations.
LaMelo Ball of the Hornets probably won’t make the team, but this NBA season is certainly going to be an audition for Olympic teams in the United States and around the world.