The Charlotte Hornets have been playing pretty well this season.
Unfortunately, it seems that things are about to change for the worst for the Hornets.
The current Rookie of the Year leader, LaMelo Ball, fractured his right wrist and could be out for the remainder of the season according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
News about his status after suffering an injury came out Monday morning, a day after he suffered the injury.
The third overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, had a bad fall during the game against the LA Clippers.
The Hornets lost the game, 98-125, and Ball finished with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals in 21 minutes of action.
Charlotte have been successful this season, currently sitting as the eighth-seed in the East with a record of 20-21, only two wins behind the current fourth-seed Atlanta Hawks with 22-20 under its belt.
The Hornets have long been one of the bottom feeding teams in the East, but this year, they’ve been showing flashes of greatness.
The Hornets are currently third in assists with 27.1 APG as a team, 17th in scoring at 112.0 PPG, and 16th in rebounding at 43.9 RPG. They’re also tied with the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors in steals with 8.2 SPG, good for sixth in the league.
The Hornets have been playing so well that they’ve had a solid shot to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The last time they made it, they lost in the first-round in seven games to the Miami Heat.
Ball has played a big factor for the success of his team this season. Being the floor general of the team and giving fans a show every time with his flashy passes and great ball control, all while helping his team win with his high-basketball IQ.
The 19-year-old guard is leading all rookies in assists with 6.1 APG, as well as in steals with 1.5 SPG and PER (Player Efficiency Rating) with 18.5. He’s also currently second in points per game among rookies with 15.9 PPG and third in rebounding with 5.9 RPG.
Ball started his year coming off the bench, but since becoming a starter last February, he has shown what he can really do. He went from averaging 11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists off the bench to 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists as a starter.
There is no question that Ball has played a big factor in the success of the Hornets but now that he’s out, it’ll be interesting to see how they respond moving forward.
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