LaMelo Ball

20-Year-Old GuardG
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 2020-21 Rookie of the Year had one of the more impressive debut seasons in recent memory. It didn't take long for him to be inserted into the starting five. He drew his first start in February and never gave up the spot. As a starter, he averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals, and he racked up plenty of highlight passes along the way. From Feb. 1 onward, Ball ranked as the 42nd-best fantasy player on a per-game basis -- an extremely impressive mark for a rookie. His role won't change heading into 2021-22, and there's a good chance he'll be able to improve his stats in Year 2. He was a good three-point shooter (2.1 makes per game at 37.9 percent as a starter) but has room to improve his field-goal percentage (43.8%) and free-throw percentage (75.9%). If Ball can do that, or add to his counting stats, he should easily be worth a fourth-round selection in most fantasy drafts. Aggressive fantasy managers have justification to take him in the third round or possibly even late-second if significant improvement is assumed. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $16.07 million contract with the Hornets in November of 2020. Hornets exercised $8.62 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021. Contract includes $10.9 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Drops a triple-double in win
GCharlotte Hornets
January 20, 2022
Ball produced 15 points (5-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 111-102 win over the Celtics.
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Ball was held out of Charlotte's last contest due to an illness, but he showed no signs of rust in his return to action. The dynamic point guard was dropping dimes left and right en route to his third triple-double this season. Ball is averaging 17.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game over his last 10 appearances and remains an elite fantasy option at point guard each night the Hornets take the court.
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6 days ago
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NBA Mailbag: LaMelo vs. Chris Paul + Buy-Low and Sell-High Targets
11 days ago
In this week's mailbag, Mike Barner answers readers' questions on LaMelo Ball, Tobias Harris and Christian Wood before providing some buy-low and sell-high targets.
DraftKings NBA: Wednesday Cheat Sheet
12 days ago
Donovan Mitchell has topped 44 DK points in five of his last six outings and should have another big night with Rudy Gobert’s absence.
FanDuel NBA: Wednesday Value Plays
12 days ago
Cole Anthony is in a great position to succeed against the Wizards.
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.
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Removed from injury report
GCharlotte Hornets
January 18, 2022
Ball (illness) isn't included on the Hornets' injury report in advance of Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
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Doesn't appear in win
GCharlotte Hornets
Illness
January 17, 2022
Ball (illness) didn't appear in Monday's win over the Knicks.
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Will be available Monday after all
GCharlotte Hornets
January 17, 2022
Ball (illness) will be available for Monday's game against the Knicks.
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Not in starting five
GCharlotte Hornets
Illness
January 17, 2022
Ball (illness) is not listed among the Hornets' starters for Monday's game against the Knicks.
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Questionable for Monday's matinee
GCharlotte Hornets
Illness
January 17, 2022
Ball is listed as questionable for Monday's game at New York due to a non-COVID illness.
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