Hornets guard LaMelo Ball adds ESPY award to Rookie of the Year trophy.
DaBaby presents Lamelo Ball with the Espy for “Best Breakthrough Athlete” Rookie of the Year
LaMelo Ball can add another trophy to his already growing trophy case.
The Charlotte Hornets guard won an ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete on Saturday night in New York City.
Ball, 19, said he had a speech prepared but forgot what he was going to say as he was getting rained on up on the stage to accept the award.
“I forgot everything,” he said. “I can only think about my family right now. And my momma.”
Ball, who was selected third overall by the Hornets in the 2020 NBA Draft, averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.8 minutes per game, appearing in 51 games (31 starts). Ball ranked 17th in assists and ninth in steals per game among league leaders in his first season as he became the only player in the last 60 years to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star break.
Ball is the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double after totaling 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Atlanta on Jan. 9 at 19 years and 140 days old.