Charlotte Hornets guard and presumptive Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball is expected to miss the rest of the year with a fracture in his wrist, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Charlotte guard LaMelo Ball -- rookie of the year frontrunner -- is expected to miss the rest of the season with a fracture to his right wrist, source tells ESPN. He's seeking a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 22, 2021
This is very upsetting. Ball is having one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory, and we’ve been able to enjoy watching it take place as a member of the Hornets. Now, barring a change of plans after a second opinion, it’s all over.
The odd thing about this news is that the Hornets just listed Ball as probable for Monday’s game as he deals with wrist soreness. Apparently something happened since that time to change the diagnosis.
If Ball’s season is in fact done, he’ll finish with averages of 15.9 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 45.1% from the field, 37.5% from three, and 78.9% from the free throw line. It was certainly better than anyone could’ve reasonably expected from a 19-year-old rookie, even out of his most adamant fans. Even playing half of the season, he should be rookie of the year.