LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball

20-Year-Old GuardG
Charlotte Hornets
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.

Near triple-double in win
GCharlotte Hornets
April 10, 2022
Ball racked up 24 points (8-16 FG, 6-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists and one steal in Sunday's 124-108 win over Washington.
ANALYSIS
Ball couldn't miss from deep as he knocked down four-plus threes for the fourth straight game. The second-year guard reached double-digit rebounds for the first time in almost two months but fell one assist shy of his sixth triple-double of the season.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Leading NBA's top offense
GCharlotte Hornets
January 28, 2022
Charlotte currently ranks first in points per game and fifth in offensive efficiency, while winning seven of their previous 10 games as Ball continues his excellent play running the point.
ANALYSIS
Ball leads Charlotte with a 20.43 player efficiency rating -- 33rd overall in the league -- and 7.7 assists per game while trailing trailing Miles Bridges by less than a point for the team lead in scoring. He is heading an exciting cast, with Bridges being a Most Improved Player candidate along with Kelly Oubre being a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Five Hornets are currently averaging over 16.5 points per game, and their efficiency ranking this season comes after being bottom-third offense in that category a season ago.
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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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Sniffs double-double again
GCharlotte Hornets
April 9, 2022
Ball accumulated 24 points (8-16 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and nine assists in 29 minutes during Friday's 133-117 win over Chicago.
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Balls out in win
GCharlotte Hornets
April 8, 2022
Ball registered 26 points (10-21 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, nine assists and four steals in 35 minutes during Thursday's 128-101 win over Orlando.
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Double-double not enough
GCharlotte Hornets
April 6, 2022
Ball ended Tuesday's 144-115 loss to Miami with 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt), five rebounds, 14 assists and one steal over 34 minutes.
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Shines despite defeat
GCharlotte Hornets
March 29, 2022
Ball ended with 22 points (8-21 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 34 minutes during Monday's 113-109 loss to Denver.
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Shines in Sunday's victory
GCharlotte Hornets
March 28, 2022
Ball racked up 33 points (10-21 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 37 minutes during Sunday's 119-110 win over the Nets.
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