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Overall, Ball will become the fourth rookie in league history to score at least 15.9 points, grab 5.9 rebounds and dish out 6.1 assists per game. The other three are Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Michael Carter-Williams in their rookie seasons, and Ball’s efficient 56.2 true-shooting percentage dwarfs Carter-Williams’ 48.0 mark. Really, Ball’s rookie season is in a class that very few other players have hit statistically, and he did so while actually leading Charlotte toward a surprise contention for a playoff berth. Beyond the numbers, Ball actually has an effect on winning — something teenage rookies very rarely do. The Hornets are right around .500, and they’re that good without a real answer at the center position — and while Ball is surrounded by seven other players on rookie-scale contracts who are in or have been in the rotation for stretches this year.
Nikola Jokic continues to build an MVP case by doing things that no center has done since Wilt Chamberlain. On Tuesday, Jokic collected the 50th triple-double of his career with 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets rout the Bucks 128-97 at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum. Jokic’s latest milestone put him in rarefied company for big men. He became only the second center ever to reach 50 career triple-doubles, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, joining Chamberlain, who had 78. Jokic is also just the ninth player in history to record 50 triple-doubles, and only Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson did it faster than him, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.