Ball's fourth season in the NBA showed promise, as the second-year Pelican recorded a career-best 14.6 points per contest. The 23-year-old notched season averages of 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.6 blocks in 31.8 minutes. The guard hit 41.4 percent from the field, 78.1 percent from the charity stripe and 37.8 percent from behind the three-point arc. One of Ball's best performances of the season came on May 1 against the Timberwolves, where the young Pelican accumulated a career-high 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 40 minutes. Three days later on May 4, Ball matched his career-high 33 points against the Warriors in a win. Ball posted one triple-double, three double-doubles and 43 double-digit scoring performances on the season. Defensively, the guard had a strong year, as he finished the season with 26 games logging at least two steals and 23 games notching at least one block. His best defensive performance came on April 28 against Denver, where Ball managed four steals and two blocks. The guard significantly improved his three-point shooting this season, as he posted a career-best 37.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc and he hit at least three three-pointers in 33 games. Overall, Ball led his team in assists (5.7) and steals (1.5), while he finished third in points (14.6).2019
Ball appeared in 56 games for the Pelicans during the 2019-20 season before the NBA's hiatus. In the first part of the regular season, he averaged 12.4 points (career high), 7.0 assists, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 threes (career high), 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks in 32.4 minutes per game. The 6-foot-6 point guard also shot career highs in all percentages -- 41.2 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three and 56.7 percent from the free-throw line. Jan. 26 against the Celtics, Ball set a new single-game career high with 15 assists. He also had eight points, six rebounds, one steal and one block in 36 minutes in that contest. The UCLA product also set a new career high with seven made threes -- a feat he achieved three times during the 2019-20 season. Ball's other single-game season highs were 27 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Among the NBA ranks, Ball finished 13th in total assists (438), 14th in assists per game (7.0) and 18th in steals per game (1.4). Continuing to show off his multi-faceted game, Ball added three triple-doubles to his resume in 2019-20. Speaking to his stat-stuffing ability, Ball posted seven performances with 20-plus points, seven performances with at least 10 rebounds, 15 efforts with 10-plus assists, 14 efforts with at least three steals and 28 efforts with at least one block. In the six contests that Ball saw 40-plus minutes, he averaged 18.2 points, 9.3 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks. The Pelicans were one of the 22 teams invited to participate in the Orlando bubble for the resumption of the season. Appearing in seven of a possible eight seeding games, Ball averaged 7.1 points, 6.6 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 29.8 minutes.2018
During his second season in the Association, Ball appeared in 47 games for the Lakers with 45 starts and averaged over 30 minutes of floor time per game. Ball recorded per game averages of 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists in his first season as a teammate with LeBron James. He improved his shooting relative to his rookie season and shot 40.6 percent from the field, including 32.9 percent from three-point land. On Dec. 15, Ball recorded his third career triple-double by registering 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win at Charlotte. Three nights later, he posted a season-high 23 points, to go with six rebounds, three assists and two steals, during a close loss at Brooklyn. Ball totaled four double-doubles during the 2018-19 season. He also showed quick hands on the defensive end by averaging 1.5 steals per game. Ball racked up five swipes in a game on three occasions. If it wasn't for missing the final two-plus months of the season due to an ankle injury, the UCLA product would have finished in the league's top-20 for steals per game.2017
The second overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, Ball displayed countless positive traits in his rookie season. Ball's ball-handling skills and his ability to find open teammates proved to be his two greatest attributes. The 6-foot-6 point guard averaged 7.2 assists per contest, which ranked second among all rookies (Ben Simmons). He posted 10 or more helpers on 13 separate occasions, while failing to post at least five assists just nine times in 52 games. Ball averaged double figures in scoring (10.2 points) while chipping in 6.9 rebounds for good measure. The rookie made is NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 19, and generated three points, nine rebounds and four assists in a home loss to the Clippers. Ball's ability to contribute in a variety of areas led to 13 Double-Doubles and 2 Triple-Doubles. He registered is first career triple double on Nov. 11 with 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds during a loss at Milwaukee. Ball's length also allowed him to quickly earn a reputation as one of the NBA's most talented perimeter defenders. His 2.5 steals/blocks per contest was a terrific total for any player - especially a guard - and Ball's defensive contributions only serve to raise his floor moving forward. Ball's strong season led to him being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.