LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball

21-Year-Old GuardG
Charlotte Hornets
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Ball immediately impacted fantasy basketball during his rookie season, showing that he can be a significant contributor in multiple categories. He took his game to another level during his second season in the league, averaging 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game. While his 42.9 percent shooting from the field was underwhelming, he shot 87.2 percent from the free-throw line, which was an increase of more than 11 percentage points compared to his rookie season. He also put up 2.9 three-pointers per game while shooting 38.9 percent from deep. To top it off, he played in 75 games, making his contributions even more valuable. The Hornets have not made any significant moves around him during the offseason, with their most notable addition being the selection of center Mark Williams in the draft. They are also now dealing with uncertainty surrounding restricted free agent Miles Bridges, who was arrested for felony domestic violence. All of the stars looked to be aligning for another big season from Ball, but a preseason Grade 2 ankle sprain figures to cost him some time to open 2022-23, likely dinging his fantasy value. Still, there's plenty of risk/reward with targeting Ball in the second or third round. 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. Hornets exercised $10.9 million team option for 2023-24 in October of 2022.
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.

Season-best effort wasted Sunday
GCharlotte Hornets
February 5, 2023
Ball finished Sunday's 119-113 loss to the Magic with a season-high 33 points (13-24 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and four steals across 38 minutes.
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The Hornets' starting backcourt of Ball and Terry Rozier combined for 50.4 percent of the team's scoring, and the lack of help sent the team tumbling to its fourth straight defeat and 40th of the season, tying the Rockets and Pistons for the most losses in the league. Since returning from a three-game absence due to ankle and wrist trouble, Ball has averaged 22.7 points, 8.7 boards, 7.7 assists, 3.3 threes and 2.5 steals over the last six contests.
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Lights-out since return
GCharlotte Hornets
December 20, 2022
Ball has connected on 21 three pointers over his past four appearances since returning from a lengthy absence due to an ankle injury, equaling the most in any four-game span of his career.
ANALYSIS
Ball has averaged 26.0 points, 7.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 46.7 percent from three during his recent hot streak, notching two double-doubles. The star point guard set a few personal and team records during Monday's win over the Kings by dishing out 12 assists -- the most by any Hornet this year -- and scoring 16 fourth-quarter points, tying his career high. Ball has played in only seven contests this year due to a pair of severe ankle sprains, but when available, he's been able to produce at an extremely high level.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
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.
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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Nearly triple-doubles
GCharlotte Hornets
February 3, 2023
Ball provided 23 points (7-23 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals across 40 minutes before fouling out of Friday's 118-112 loss to the Pistons.
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Scores 19 with 18 shots Thursday
GCharlotte Hornets
February 3, 2023
Ball totaled 19 points (8-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and two steals over 36 minutes before getting ejected from Thursday's 114-98 loss to the Bulls.
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Drops triple-double Tuesday
GCharlotte Hornets
January 31, 2023
Ball closed Tuesday's 124-115 loss to the Bucks with 27 points (10-26 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and three steals over 40 minutes.
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Balanced showing in winning effort
GCharlotte Hornets
January 29, 2023
Ball amassed 19 points (7-17 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal across 36 minutes during Sunday's 122-117 victory over the Heat.
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Rough shooting night in return
GCharlotte Hornets
January 27, 2023
Ball (ankle/wrist) finished Thursday's 111-96 win over the Bulls with 15 points (2-15 FG, 2-11 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 11 rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes.
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