Hornets’ LaMelo Ball Posts Incredible Record for Making His Case Strong for Rookie of the Year

Published 03/10/2021, 10:30 AM CST
Jan 14, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) brings the ball up the court during the first quarter of a game against the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports


LaMelo Ball was kind of like an enigma when he entered the league. However, he has clarified all doubts about his potential. Although his season did not start as expected, after he made his way as a starter, there was no turning back.

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With record-breaking performances, there is no doubt the rising star is making a strong case for himself for the Rookie of the Year Award. In fact, his presence along with Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier has this franchise standing seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 17-18 record.

LaMelo Ball ready to be Rookie of the Year?

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Nobody, even in their wildest dreams, could think that the Hornets will be one of the playoff contenders this year. Even though the second half of the season is still left and a lot can change after but the Charlotte Hornets seem to be headed in the right direction.

It was long ago that this team conjured up such a start to the season before. And this might have a lot to do with the young star they drafted in the offseason.

There were many speculations about LaMelo even before he entered the league. But his passing skills and scoring has everyone in awe of him. It actually looks like he is headed to his Rookie award as well as a Hall of Fame career.

“LaMelo is the 6th player in NBA history to lead all rookies in total Pts, Reb, and Ast at the All-Star break. Each of the previous five went on to win ROY and four of them went on to have HOF careers,” posted SportsCenter.

The case for winning the award

The beauty of Melo’s game is not in his scoring. His scores may not always be top notch but it is his flair and understanding of it that makes him great. Making the right plays so effortlessly is what he does.

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What’s more important is that he has elevated his team to a better and more elite level with his offence. Only his perimeter shooting needs a little more work but the rest of it is just commendable.

Feb 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) drives to the basket ahead of Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans in the second half at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 119-97. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Averaging 15.8 points, 6 rebounds and 6.3 assists, the claim that he will be Rookie of the Year isn’t too far reaching. Is there anyone else more deserving of this award?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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