WATCH: LaMelo Ball Makes NBA History With Phenomenal Triple Double Against Hawks

Published 01/09/2021, 9:56 PM EST
Jan 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) brings the ball up court against Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) during the third quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


LaMelo Ball entered the league as one of the top prospects in the 2020 NBA draft and amidst heavy speculations about his caliber. In fact, he had already gained a fan following thanks to his dramatic family. To top it off, his brother Lonzo Ball was also one of the top prospects during the 2017 NBA draft.

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LaMelo Ball joins brother in breaking records

The Charlotte Hornets are finally pulling their way up into the Eastern Conference. As they stand with a 5-5 record, they have once again triumphed over the Atlanta Hawks. The first win came thanks to Gordon Hayward’s career-high 44 point performance.

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And now, in their second win with 113-105, Ball made his massive contribution by adding 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists to the scoreboard. As per Shams Charania, “Charlotte rookie LaMelo Ball has become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.”

Charlotte rookie LaMelo Ball has become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 10, 2021

The situation becomes even more fascinating when one compares his exploits to those of his brother’s. Charania also posted, “Nov. 11, 2017: Lonzo Ball, as a Lakers rookie, breaks LeBron James’ record for youngest player in NBA history with triple-double.

“Jan. 9, 2021: LaMelo Ball becomes youngest in league history with triple-double, breaking Markelle Fultz’ previous mark.” The season has just begun and LaMelo is already proving why he deserved all the hype that surrounds him.”

Nov. 11, 2017: Lonzo Ball, as a Lakers rookie, breaks LeBron James‘ record for youngest player in NBA history with triple-double

Jan. 9, 2021: LaMelo Ball becomes youngest in league history with triple-double, breaking Markelle Fultz‘ previous mark https://t.co/VgZJPTttVY

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 10, 2021

What made everyone doubt him?

When LaMelo joined the Hornets, his first preseason game came as a shock to many. He finished with zero points and four rebounds and made the Hornets question their choice. A lot of the doubt sprang from the fact that the rookie hasn’t taken the usual route to join the NBA.

Unlike most young players who go to top basketball colleges before coming to the NBA, LaMelo decided to follow an alternative path. At just 16 years old, he joined his brother LiAngelo to play in Lithuania.

Although he did not get to play many games with them, it certainly gave him the much-needed experience. In fact, he later also played for the NBL in Australia for the Illawarra Hawks.

It looks like this member of the Ball family has finally found his footing in the NBA. Will he be able to help take the Hornets into the playoffs this season?

LaMelo still perfect from the floor tonight, now including this pic.twitter.com/HXCw78rguh

— LaWobo Ball (@WorldWideWob) January 10, 2021

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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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