More often than not, the team has made questionable decisions in the NBA Draft, free agency, and via trade, struggling to compete and become a perennial playoff team.
But no one could mess things up in the 2020 NBA Draft.
LaMelo Ball was available when they were on the clock with the third-overall pick, and it was a no-brainer selection, even despite the red flags about his character, defense, and shot selection.
Melo’s upside as a playmaker and scorer has been evident since day one, and he helped the Hornets have one of the most electric and entertaining offenses in the league ever since, even if they’re still multiple pieces away from contention.
That’s why it was such a big blow for them to start the season without the younger brother of the Ball household on the floor, as he suffered an ankle injury that kept him on the shelf for weeks.
Now, after shaking off the rust, it seems like the Chino Hills standout has finally gotten his legs back under him, as he’s back to making spectacular plays every time he’s on the floor.
LAMELO NO-LOOK HALF COURT DIME 🤯
— Overtime (@overtime) January 19, 2023
Thus far, Melo has averaged career highs in both points (23.5) and assists (8.8) per game, adding 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 4.0 three-pointers (also a career-high) on 40/37/80 shooting splits.
Hopefully, the Hornets will be able to maximize his talents and give him the supporting cast he needs to thrive, as they cannot afford to waste a talent like his.