LaMelo Ball
19-Year-Old GuardG
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Ball elected to skip college basketball and played professionally in Australia during the 2019-20 season, where he averaged 17.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.3 minutes. He excels as a passer and has deep range as a shooter, but he'll need to improve his shot selection in the NBA, as he was essentially given free rein in Australia last season. The 19-year-old should work with Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier in Charlotte's backcourt, with Malik Monk also in the mix, though it's not exactly clear how the minutes will shake out. It seems likely the Hornets will try to get Ball close to 30 minutes per game, in which case, he should be a reliable source of assists and rebounds. His field-goal percentage could be a significant drag, however. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $16.07 million contract with the Hornets in November of 2020. Contract includes $8.62 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

LaMelo was born Aug. 22, 2001 in Chino Hills, California. He's the son of LaVar and Tina Ball, who both played college basketball. LaMelo's brother, Lonzo is an NBA point guard, while his other brother, LiAngelo has played professionally. Ball is part of the Facebook Watch reality show called "Ball in the Family", which shows the life of the Ball family. The Big Baller Brand, a sports apparel company founded by Ball's family, has released a signature shoe for LaMelo titled the Melo Ball 1. He's the youngest athlete in history to have a signature shoe. Prior to the NBA, Ball played professionally in Lithuania and Australia.

College/International Summary

Ball did not attend college and opted to play basketball internationally instead. He began in 2017-18 with Vytautas Prienu of the Lithuanian LKL. He appeared in eight games (one start), averaging 6.5 points, 2.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 12.8 minutes. His best performance with the team was against Zalgiris, where Ball recorded 19 points (6-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists and one steal in 28 minutes. Ball's next contract came with Illawarra in the Australian NBL. There, he started all 13 of his appearances, where he averaged 17.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.3 minutes. His best performance was a win over Cairns, where Ball posted 32 points (11-20 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 13 assists, 11 rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes.

Rough shooting night in loss
GCharlotte Hornets
May 16, 2021
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.
ANALYSIS
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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Transaction History
  • November 30, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $16.07 million contract with the Hornets.
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Strong all-around performance
GCharlotte Hornets
May 13, 2021
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.
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Struggles from field in loss
GCharlotte Hornets
May 11, 2021
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.
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Posts 22 and five in loss
GCharlotte Hornets
May 9, 2021
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.
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Hits for 27 in win over Magic
GCharlotte Hornets
May 8, 2021
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.
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Struggles with shot in loss
GCharlotte Hornets
May 6, 2021
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.
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