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LaMelo Ball
LaMelo Ball
Position: G
Born: 08/22/01
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:181 lbs. / 82.1 kg.
Salary: $7,839,960
So LiAngelo Ball will have his own personal cheering section. “He’s been great to be around,” Kupchak said. “I’m sure Melo appreciates it. He’s got a guy he can hang out with and come to the gym with and rebound and shoot. So it’s been good for him. And he’s a Division I player. He’s a player that was recruited and played for UCLA. He’s a real talent. Whether he’s good enough right now, that remains to be seen. But he’s fitting right in on the scrimmages that we play on Tuesdays and Thursday’s. We’ll bring him to that four-day camp and we’ll go from there.”
After a stellar first season, the NBA named Charlotte Hornets star point guard LaMelo Ball the 2021 Rookie of the Year. Now, FOCO is revealing a limited edition bobblehead to celebrate his accomplishment. The “LaMelo Ball Charlotte Hornets Rookie of the Year Bobblehead” features LaMelo flexing in his Hornets uniform and holding his Rookie of the Year trophy.

The Hornets desperately need a long-term answer at center with Cody Zeller entering free agency this offseason. Having said that, they have an awful lot of cap space they can use this summer to fill that need, and sources around the league believe they are likely to target a center when using that space to try to take another leap up the Eastern Conference hierarchy. So it wouldn’t stun me to see a guard go here. I’ve gone Moody, whom teams are excited about. Why? Because he was a productive college player that fills a genuine 3-and-D need next to LaMelo Ball long-term. I’m a big fan of Moody’s shot-making and think this would be about as perfect a fit as you’ll find.
Today at the 2021 ESPYs, Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball was named the Best Breakthrough Athlete following his rookie campaign, which also earned him the 2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Other nominees for the award included, Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers), Chase Young (Washington Football Team) and Crystal Dangerfield (Minnesota Lynx). Ball, who was selected third overall by the Hornets in the 2020 NBA Draft, averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.8 minutes per game, appearing in 51 games (31 starts). Ball ranked 17th in assists and ninth in steals per game among league leaders in his first season as he became the only player in the last 60 years to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star break.