Hornets rookie guard LaMelo Ball put up a triple-double on Saturday versus the Atlanta Hawks with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
He became the youngest player in NBA history to post a triple double at 19 years old.
Ball replaced Markelle Fultz as the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double by 177 days.
The night before, in the Hornets 118-110 victory over his brother Lorenzo’s New Orleans Pelicans, LaMelo missed the triple-double by just one assist (12pts, 10,reb,1 ast).
In the first 10 games of the season he is averaging 12.8 points, 6.8 assists and 5.9 rebounds.
“A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “This is rare what you’re seeing.”
One number on the stat line that is beginning to gain more attention and criticism among Hornets and LaMelo fans is the 0 in the games started column.
How much longer can Borrego keep Ball on the bench?
“I live my life and I know what I’m capable of, so stuff like doesn’t move me like that,” Ball said of his accomplishment, “I know that’s supposed to happen.”
The Hornets are on a 3-game win streak and it seems like we might be seeing the makings of a future NBA superstar.
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Games this week:
Tonight vs Knicks at 7:30pm
Wednesday vs Mavericks 7pm
Thursday vs Raptors at 7:30pm
Saturday vs Raptors at 7:30pm