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Eastern Southeast Standings

Team Conf Overall
24-18 41-31
24-18 40-32
16-26 34-38
20-22 33-39
13-29 21-51

2020 Stats

Regular Season 28.8 15.7 43.6 5.9 6.1

Top LaMelo Ball News

  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Gets hot from three

    Ball finished with 25 points (7-19 FG, 7-14 3PT, 4-4 FT), nine assists and five rebounds in 33 minutes Monday against Boston.

    Ball found his groove from beyond the arc, as all seven of his successful field goals were attempted from three. He's been impressive to start the 2021 campaign, putting up 17 or more points in all four contests while making contributions with both assists and rebounds for fantasy owners. It was also encouraging to see the point guard log over 30 minutes for the first time this year.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Drops 18 points in decisive win

    Ball registered 18 points (8-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, five rebounds and a blocked shot across 26 minutes in Sunday's 111-95 win over the Nets.

    Ball sat out in the fourth quarter, allowing Ish Smith to go on a tear in his place. It appeared that Ball sat voluntarily and let Smith ride his hot hand in the final stanza. While the 26 minutes of court time will probably disappoint those who depend on Ball in their fantasy backcourts, Ball's gesture was an encouraging sign of maturity and leadership, which is only good news for a Hornets team that is off to its best start in years.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Fuels huge comeback

    Ball boomed for 31 points (11-23 FG, 7-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals in a 123-122 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Down 16 at halftime, Ball keyed a 29-4 run to end the third quarter. Ball also supplied this production in only 29 minutes of action. Ball was playing without his backcourt mate Terry Rozier (ankle), which likely did favors for his usage, but similar stat lines aren't unrealistic moving forward. The Hornets play Cleveland on Friday.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Nears triple-double in 26 minutes

    Ball had 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine assists, eight rebounds and one steal in Monday's preseason loss to Miami.

    After a rough shooting night against Memphis in the last preseason game, Ball bounced back with a near-triple-double in just 26 minutes of action. He's just 4-of-17 from three thus far in exhibition play, but Ball has been a counting-stat machine and remains a high-upside fantasy asset heading into his second NBA season.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Strong start to preseason action

    Ball finished Monday's preseason win over the Thunder with 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    The Hornets' starters sat most of the second half, but Ball was able to put up a full line in just 21 minutes of action. He'll likely continue to have his workload monitored throughout the Hornets' four-game exhibition slate, which continues Thursday against the Grizzlies.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Wins Rookie of the Year

    Ball has been named the NBA's 2020-21 Rookie of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Ball had an electric rookie season, and he helped the Hornets secure a spot in the play-in tournament. After becoming a full-time starter in February, he averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 31.2 minutes. He had two 30-point games and six games with double-digit assists, plus one triple-double.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Rough night against Indiana

    Ball had 14 points (4-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four assists and a rebound across 27 minutes in Tuesday's season-ending loss against the Pacers.

    Besides not accumulating his usual counting stats, Ball had a rough night from the floor, though that was typical for him down the stretch -- he only surpassed the 15-point mark in two of his final five contests. He had an excellent season, though, averaging 15.7 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, so it wouldn't be shocking if he ends up winning the Rookie of the Year award.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Rough shooting night in loss

    Ball produced 19 points (7-21 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes during Sunday's 115-110 loss to the Wizards.

    Ball struggled to find his rhythm on the offensive end as the Hornets gave up an early lead, eventually succumbing to Russell Westbrook and the Wizards. Ball will now lead his team into the play-in tournament where they will face the Pacers in a do-or-die contest. Despite missing a chunk of time to end the season, Ball's rookie campaign has to be viewed as a success, and the future looks bright in Charlotte, no matter the final outcome.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Strong all-around performance

    Ball totaled 18 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in a 113-90 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

    Ball was able to bounce back from Tuesday's rough shooting performance and compile a strong stat line. The guard has recorded five-plus assists and four-plus rebounds in each of his last eight games since returning from a wrist injury. Over that stretch, Ball has averaged 15.5 points, 6.6 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Struggles from field in loss

    Ball accumulated five points (1-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 117-112 loss to the Nuggets.

    The 19-year-old couldn't get anything going from the field but winded up salvaging his night with his sixth double-digit rebounding performance of the season. Before Tuesday's game, Ball was averaging 24.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 51.2 percent from the field over his last two games. He'll look to bounce back Thursday at home against the Clippers.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Posts 22 and five in loss

    Ball had 22 points (10-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-3 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes during Sunday's 112-110 loss to the Pelicans.

    Ball was coming off of a 27-point, six-rebound, six-assist effort against Orlando on Friday, but he finished that game 0-of-7 from three. While he bounced back and drilled a pair of threes Sunday, Ball was uncharacteristically poor at the line, missing all three of his attempts and finishing without a make for the first time since March 11. All in all, it was another strong effort for the 20-year-old, who will have four more games to bolster his case for the Rookie of the Year award.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Hits for 27 in win over Magic

    Ball scored 27 points (11-22 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 5-8 FT) while adding six rebounds, six assists and two steals in 34 minutes during Friday's win over the Magic.

    Any success at all from beyond the arc would have given Ball his first 30-point performance since March 1, but it was still a very productive night for the rookie. His numbers have been erratic in the five games since he returned to the lineup from a wrist injury, but Ball is still averaging 15.8 points, 6.8 assists, 6.0 boards and 1.8 steals over that stretch.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Struggles with shot in loss

    Ball collected four points (1-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine assists and four rebounds in a 120-99 loss to the Bulls on Thursday.

    Ball had a very rough game shooting in his fourth game back from an extended absence (21 games) due to a wrist injury. Despite the lack of scoring, the guard was an effective distributor, as he put up a 9:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Ball has averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals across his last four games.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Scores 23 points in win

    Ball scored 23 points (7-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals across 31 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Pistons.

    Ball had his best performance in three games since returning from a wrist injury. It was the first time in that span that he converted multiple threes as well as the first time he managed to top 20 points. Aside from scoring, Ball has chipped in well across the box score since retaking the floor, averaging 6.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Puts up 11-8-7 in return

    Ball (wrist) finished Saturday's win over Detroit with 11 points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

    The rookie didn't show much rust in his first game since March 20, though he did commit five turnovers in 28 minutes of action. While Ball replaced the injured Devonte' Graham (knee) in the starting five, the Hornets could eventually opt to start all three of Ball, Graham and Terry Rozier together down the stretch. Keep an eye on Ball's status ahead of Sunday's game against the Heat, but the Hornets have given no indication that he'll be rested on the second half of the back-to-back set.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Officially available

    Ball (wrist) is available for Saturday's game against Detroit.

    Ball cleared his pregame tests and will be able to return after his 21-game absence due to a broken right wrist. Ball will have a minutes restriction in his first game back, but he'll start in place of Devonte' Graham, Sam Perley of the Hornets' official site reports. Brad Wanamaker, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin and Graham could see decreased workloads.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Considered game-time decision

    Ball (wrist) will test his wrist pregame to determine if he can play Saturday against the Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Ball is expected to return to action for Saturday's matchup against Detroit. However, he's still considered a game-time call since he'll test his injury before the contest before he's officially cleared to play. If Ball returns, he'll likely see a minutes restriction in his first game back.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Expected to play Saturday

    Ball (wrist) is expected to play Saturday against Detroit, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Ball was questionable for Saturday's matchup after he missed 21 straight games due to a broken right wrist, but it appears as though he'll be back in action against the Pistons. The 19-year-old should have a minutes restriction during his first game back on the court, but his return could mean fewer minutes for Brad Wanamaker, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin and Devonte' Graham.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Chino Hills, CA
Age: 20
Class: Freshman