Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball, the leader for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, is likely done for the season with a fractured wrist, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The Hornets announced that the 6-foot-7 Ball will be out indefinitely.
The No. 3 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, Ball leads all rookies in points (15.9), assists (6.1), rebounds (5.9) and steals (1.6) per game.
“Right now, with the way things look, he looks like NBA rookie of the year to me,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said recently. “He’s getting it done statistically, their team is winning. He’s got energy, he’s got a vibe, he’s got swagger. If you like watching players that play with flair, he’s right up there.”
Ball’s play has silenced all the doubters and earned a big fan in a guy named Michael Jordan.
“I think Melo has adjusted to the NBA game better than any of us ever thought this early in his career,” Jordan, the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets, told The Associated Press in an email. “He has exceeded our expectations so far this season.”