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LaMelo Ball wins ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete

The Hornets rookie keeps on stacking awards.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Charlotte Hornets Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has won an ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete.

Ball’s ESPY fill fit nicely in his trophy case right next to the NBA Rookie of the Year trophy he was awarded last month.

Ball beat out NFL rookies Justin Herbert and Chase Young and 2020 WNBA Rookie of the Year Crystal Dangerfield. He did so with a rookie season that was as electric as they come. He averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game with plenty of dazzling highlights along the way. He was the youngest player NBA history to record a triple double, doing so at age 19 years and 140 days. In his tenth game as an NBA player, he tallied 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a win over the Hawks.

One of the first to congratulate Ball on the achievement was one of Charlotte’s most famous non-athletes. It’s a Queen City thing.