In the 2020 NBA draft, LaMelo Ball was one of the most exciting prospects to enter the league. Thanks to his immense talent and popularity, he was selected with the third overall pick by the Michael Jordan owned Charlotte Hornets.
It’s safe to assume that LaMelo is delivering up to the expectations set for him by NBA fans. In less than half a season, Ball has changed the atmosphere in the franchise. For the first time in years, the Hornets are actually competing for a playoff berth!
The 19-year-old is averaging a solid 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game this season. If he continues his early-season form, there is hardly anyone who can deny that Ball deserves to be crowned NBA Rookie of the Year.
Are Michael Jordan and LeBron James in LaMelo Ball’s dream starting five?
LaMelo recently sat down for a rapid-fire interview with the NBA. In the interview, the Buzz City rookie was asked to name his dream starting five, to which he replied:
“Me at the 1, [Michael] Jordan at the 2, LeBron [James] at the 3, KD [Kevin Durant] at the 4, and Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal] at the 5.”
Ball’s dream starting five looks like a lethal team. If it were to become a reality, there is hardly any team that could stop that unit. However, as we know, it won’t ever become a reality as both Jordan and Shaq have already retired from the NBA long ago.
But speaking of teams that are hard to beat, the Hornets are emerging as one of the contenders this season. Although there is still a long way to go for the season, the Hornets might clinch the seventh or eighth seed.
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However, that all depends on their ability to maintain their current form. If they fail to translate this success in the second half of the season, all their efforts will go in vain. What are your expectations from the Hornets this year? Do you believe they can make the NBA playoffs? Feel free to share your views in the comments section below.
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