It's fair to say that Ball lived up to the hype he had coming into the NBA, as he produced a phenomenal rookie season after getting drafted third overall by the Hornets. The rookie guard averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 51 total games. The 6-foot-6 playmaker led his team in assists and steals per game. While he didn't start his first 20 games in the league, he took over the starting point guard role for the Hornets and started in every game after that. Ball recorded seven double-doubles and one triple-double in his rookie campaign. On Jan. 9, against the Hawks, Ball notched 22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in what ended up being his first career triple-double. The guard's best offensive game came versus the Jazz on Feb. 5, as Ball scored a season-high 34 points and also managed to dish out eight assists. Ball became an exceptional scorer for the Hornets as he had 40 games with double-digit scoring performances, and in 16 of those games, he scored 20 or more points. On the defensive side, Ball was terrific and his best defensive game was in a matchup with the 76ers, where Ball stole the ball four times and even achieved two blocks. In the rookie's play-in debut, Ball posted 14 points and four assists. Overall, the young guard played big minutes for the Hornets (28.8 minutes per game) and solidified himself as a potential triple-double threat for every game next season.
November 30, 2020Signed a two-year, $16.07 million contract with the Hornets.