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February 25, 2021 09:12 AM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Two dimes shy of double-double
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball had 20 points (7-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Suns.

Ball finished just two dimes away from recording what would've been his third double-double over his last five appearances, but he still reached the 20-point mark for the third time in that same span. He's looking better and better with each passing game and is firmly entrenched as the Hornets' starting point guard. Ball is averaging 19.5 points, 6.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game since moving to the starting five on a regular basis.

February 23, 2021 12:04 AM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Puts up 21 points Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball registered 21 points (8-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals across 38 minutes in Monday's loss against the Jazz.

Ball tied Gordon Hayward (hand) for the team's highest-scoring tally in this loss, and he has looked excellent since moving to the starting lineup. In 10 starts, Ball has scored at least 20 points five times while recording three double-doubles, two with 10-plus rebounds and one with 10-plus assists. He is averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 boards and 6.1 dimes per game in that span.

February 16, 2021 11:08 AM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Next two games postponed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball and the Hornets will not play Wednesday against the Bulls or Friday against the Nuggets after the games were postponed, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Due to four positive COVID-19 tests within the Spurs, who faced off against Charlotte on Sunday, the Hornets will conduct contact tracing while the next two games are postponed. The hope is that they'll be able to resume play Saturday night against Golden State.

February 15, 2021 03:52 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Ties career-high 39 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball logged 17 points (7-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt), 12 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one block across 39 minutes Sunday in a 122-110 loss to the Spurs.

The Hornets were already without Gordon Hayward (back) on Sunday and lost another key player when Devonte' Graham exited due to a knee injury. Ball had already been handling a sizable role even when the Hornets are at full strength, but he ended up reaching a new career high in minutes thanks in part to the absences. While his shooting took a step back, Ball still racked up his sixth double-double. If Hayward and/or Graham have to sit out games going forward, Ball could shoulder more scoring responsibilities along with Terry Rozier.

February 12, 2021 10:56 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Double-double in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball went for 20 points (8-15 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals over 37 minutes in the Hornets' 120-114 victory over the Timberwolves on Friday.

The Hornets went guard heavy in Friday's game, starting both Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier along with Ball and the trio combined for 69 of the team's 120 points. In the process, Ball managed to top the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this month. In seven games since taking over as a starter, Ball is averaging 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

February 11, 2021 12:08 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Paces Hornets in assists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball posted 17 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block across 28 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Grizzlies.

Ball continues to separate himself from the rest of the first-year players with another impressive performance, and he seems to have elevated his game since being promoted to the starting role. Ball is averaging 21.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in his last six games, all of them as a starter. Devonte' Graham (groin) could return from injury soon, but Ball has played well enough that it's possible coach James Borrego may opt to keep the rookie in the starting five.

February 8, 2021 11:40 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Flirts with triple-double
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball totaled 24 points (7-18 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 assists and seven rebounds over 32 minutes Monday during the Hornets' 119-94 win over the Rockets.

Ball was feeling it from beyond the arc during Monday's victory, draining a career-high seven treys, though he did miss all six of his shots from inside the arc. Still, Ball has been highly productive this season whether he's coming off the bench or in the starting lineup. In the two games with Devonte' Graham (groin) out, he is averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game.

February 6, 2021 06:04 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Erupts for 34 points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball scored 34 points (14-27 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go along with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block across 36 minutes in Friday's loss to the Jazz.

Ball topped 35 minutes for the second consecutive game, the only two times he's done so in his rookie season. That helped him post a career-best 34 points, as did the absence of Devonte' Graham -- who was forced out of the game in the second quarter with a groin injury. Though Ball had already seemingly secured a role in the starting lineup, if Graham's absence extends beyond just this game, Ball should see an increased role as both a ball handler and scorer.

February 5, 2021 07:40 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Staying in starting lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball will stay in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Jazz, Rod Boone of The Hive Vibes reports.

The assumption was that Ball would go back to a reserve role with the return of Terry Rozier (ankle) to the starting lineup. However, the Hornets have opted to go small and will start Ball alongside Rozier and Devonte' Graham. The rookie has averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists across 34.9 minutes in two starts this season.

February 4, 2021 03:16 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Scores 22 points in second start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball dropped 22 points (8-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals across 38 minutes in Wednesday's 118-111 loss to the Sixers.

Making his second straight start in place of Terry Rozier (ankle), Ball saw a career-high minutes total and came through with stellar across-the-board production. Ball's playing time may tail off a bit when Rozier is back in action, but the rookie point guard has made a strong case to stick in the starting five moving forward over either Rozier or Devonte' Graham.

February 1, 2021 11:04 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Solid numbers in first start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball scored 14 points (3-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding seven assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes during Monday's 129-121 overtime win over the Heat.

Getting his first NBA start with Terry Rozier (ankle) sidelined, Ball didn't put up the kind of numbers backcourt-mates Malik Monk and Devonte' Graham did in the win, but the rookie still handled the extra responsibility well, scoring in double digits for the third straight game and the 14th time in his first 21 contests. Rozier's injury isn't thought to be serious, but Ball could still be running with the first unit for Wednesday's clash with the 76ers.

February 1, 2021 10:32 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Set to make first NBA start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball will make his first career start Monday against the Heat, Hornets reporter Rod Boone reports.

With Terry Rozier (ankle) ruled out, Ball will move into the starting lineup for the first time after coming off the bench for the Hornets' first 20 games. The No. 3 overall pick is coming off of a career-best 27 points in 31 minutes against Milwaukee on Saturday. In that game, he also tacked on nine assists, five rebounds and four steals while going a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line.

January 31, 2021 06:00 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Leads way in win over Bucks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball had 27 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 3PT, 9-9 FT), nine assists, five rebounds and four steals in Saturday's win over Milwaukee.

The rookie's 27 points set a new career-high, as did his nine makes (and attempts) at the free throw line. It was arguably the best performance of the season for Ball, who tied his career-high with 31 minutes played off the bench. Over the last two games alone, Ball has racked up 43 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists and six steals.

January 29, 2021 10:24 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Poor shooting from deep continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball added 16 points (7-13 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes off the bench in the Hornets' 108-105 win over the Pacers on Friday.

While Ball's 16 points were the most he's scored in a game since January 9, he's put up a goose egg from beyond the arc in five of his last eight games. Since shooting 66.7 percent from deep in December, Ball has shot 23.1 from distance in the month of January.

January 25, 2021 10:16 AM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Flirts with double-double
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball went for 11 points (4-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench in the Hornets' 107-104 win over the Magic on Sunday.

Since recording a 22-point triple-double back on Jan. 9, Ball has struggled, only averaging 9.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, while making just 34.4 percent of his shots. Despite coming off the bench, the No. 3 pick has now seen 11 of his games go for more than 10 points while adding at least five rebounds and five assists in the same game in 11 games as well.

January 18, 2021 03:16 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Hornets-Wizards postponed Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball and the Hornets will not play Wednesday against the Wizards after the game was postponed, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

This will be the first postponement for the Hornets, though it appears to be due to COVID-19 issues within the Wizards organization. A three-game Week 5 is now a two-game week for Charlotte, which will now be idle until Friday's game against Chicago.

January 14, 2021 10:44 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Has off night in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball recorded 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-5 3PT), six rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one block in 26 minutes during the 111-108 loss to Toronto on Thursday.

Ball continued his shooting woes in the loss Thursday. The guard has struggled lately to find his shooting rhythm, but luckily has made up in other departments. It was only two matches prior, that he set a season-high in rebounds and tonight he tied his season-high in assists. Ball has shown throughout his rookie season, that he has the tools and abilities to make an impact in all areas of the court. However, it is key for him to start producing like that consistently and to put all of those key skills together. Nevertheless, he is a star and is making his way to becoming the key man for the Hornets.

January 11, 2021 10:00 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Snags career-high 14 rebounds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball posted eight points (3-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 14 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a blocked shot across 30 minutes in Monday's 109-88 win over the Knicks.

Ball's shot was ice-cold, but he made up for it with a brilliant night in ancillary categories. It's an added dimension to the rookie, who has already demonstrated his explosive scoring potential multiple times this season. His historic triple-double two nights ago is the highlight so far, but he's putting up respectable numbers on a nightly basis.

January 9, 2021 11:32 PM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Makes history with triple-double
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball scored 22 points (9-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, 11 assists and a steal across 31 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win over Atlanta.

Ball ended just one assist shy of recording a triple-double Friday against the Pelicans, but he reached the feat Saturday and became the youngest player in NBA history to achieve that statistical output. Ball has been playing at a high level of late, averaging 16.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game over his last seven appearances off the bench.

January 9, 2021 12:28 AM
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Just misses making history Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ball scored 12 points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, nine assists and a steal in 26 minutes off the bench during Friday's 118-110 win over the Pelicans.

In the first ever NBA battle between the Ball brothers, it was younger sibling LaMelo who came out on top both statistically and on the scoreboard. In fact, the 19-year-old rookie came within one assist of becoming the youngest player to record a triple-double in league history. Ball is already becoming a force on the second unit for the Hornets, averaging 15.0 points, 6.7 assists, 6.5 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.7 threes over the last six games.

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