The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the most fun teams to watch during the 2020-21 NBA regular season and that is in large part because of their rookie standout, LaMelo Ball. The younger brother of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, LaMelo definitely had the most “hype” surrounding him entering the 2020 NBA Draft and for good reason.
Not only does he play with a certain level of swagger on the court, but LaMelo Ball was one of the most NBA-ready draft prospects in a while because of all the experiences he had playing professional basketball before the 2020 NBA Draft.
While he was committed to play at UCLA in 2019, the NCAA ruled LaMelo Ball ineligible because of him and his family being a part of the “Big Baller Brand” company and Ball profiting off of the shoe he created. As a result, Ball played overseas in both Lithuania and Australia, making a lot of noise everywhere he went.
Coming into the NBA, everybody knew LaMelo Ball was going to be a standout rookie, but he has had a fantastic rookie season, especially given all of the talent in the Hornets’ backcourt. While he did miss over a month with a fractured wrist, Ball is now back on the court and looks as good as he did before he injured his wrist, which is why he has a strong chance to win this year’s Rookie of the Year honors.
The only question though is whether or not that time he missed will impact his chances of winning the award. Let’s take a look at three reasons why LaMelo Ball should win this year’s Rookie of the Year award.