Hornets level guard LaMelo Ball has been voted the league’s Rookie of the Year, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The rising star beat out Timberwolves taking pictures guard Anthony Edwards and Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton for the honor.
Ball, who was chosen as the No. 3 total decide in the 2020 NBA Draft by Charlotte, averaged 15.7 factors, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds per recreation in 51 contests. He overcame a wrist harm late in the season, and helped Charlotte safe a play-in match spot.
In comparison with others in his draft class, Ball’s journey to the NBA was comparatively unconventional. Again in 2013, he verbally dedicated to play for UCLA, anticipated to comply with in the footsteps of his brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo, however he later bypassed school basketball completely attributable to eligibility issues.
LaMelo spent the 2019-20 season with the Illawarra Hawks in the NBL Australia League, however his season was minimize quick attributable to harm. Nonetheless, the 6’7″ guard averaged 17.0 factors, 7.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 12 video games, incomes NBL Rookie of the Year honors.
Upon getting drafted, LaMelo, and older brother Lonzo, made NBA historical past as the first set of brothers to be chosen in the high 3.
Heading into subsequent season, Ball will look to enhance on his play and information the Hornets to their first playoff look since 2015-16.
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