LaMelo Ball Wins Rookie of The Year
via: ESPN.

LaMelo Ball was awarded the Rookie of the Year award this season. 

The Charlotte Hornets guard beat Anthony Edwards to the award, in a race that could have gone either way.

Ball played 51 games this season and only started 31, as James Borrego started him off the bench this season. 

He averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds. Before he was injured, he helped the Hornets to the fourth seed.

He led in assists and steals out of all rookies this season.

They weren't able to maintain that position and dropped to the Play-In Tournament. The Hornets had a tough end to the season with injuries. 

Despite Ball returning from his fractured wrist,  they were still without their best player in Gordan Hayward. So their decline isn't that surprising. 

Ball missed 21 games this season and was still given the award over Edwards. 

Edwards averaged 19.3 points throughout the season, in a Minnesota team that has gone through a lot this season. 

He especially stepped up after the All-Star break, when he averaged 23.8 points per game whilst shooting 45% from the field.

Third place in the voting for ROTY was Tyrese Haliburton from the Sacramento Kings. He averaged 13 points and 5.3 assists per game. 

The 13th overall pick had a very strong rookie year, despite not receiving any first-place votes for Rookie of the Year.

He shot 40.9% from three, and 47.2% from the field.

Melo unquestionably had a great rookie year, and so did Edwards and Haliburton.

The future of the NBA looked bright this year, and it will be great to see how develop going forward.

 

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