LaMelo Ball appears to have finally found his footing in the NBA.
After going scoreless in his NBA debut against the Cavaliers and combining for just 19 points in the following two games, Ball broke out with a 22-point performance in the Hornets’ 118-99 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday. He also chipped in five assists and eight rebounds in just over 29 minutes to help Charlotte improve to 2-2.
There were hardly any doubts about the 2020 third-overall pick’s talent and potential. The question was how long it would take for him to learn how to navigate the NBA and understand the defensive side of the game.
“He’s making smart decisions and I’m proud of him. He’s growing up right before our eyes,” Miles Bridges said of Ball. “We just want to focus on the defensive end with him. His offensive game is there.”
Ball went 7-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range, and showed flashes of the dynamic playmaking ability that made him a top-three pick. It was a welcome sight after he shot just 33 percent from the field through the first three games of the season.
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