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Eastern Southeast Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
13-5 9-1 W8
10-8 6-4 L3
8-9 4-6 L2
5-11 3-7 L2
3-15 1-9 L1

2023 Stats

Minutes Per Game
Points Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 33.4 24.7 44.3 5.5 8.2

Top LaMelo Ball News

  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Will likely miss extended time

    Ball has been diagnosed with a serious right ankle sprain and is expected to miss extended time, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Charania also relays that Ball is currently using a walking boot and crutches to get around. The All-Star point guard was off to a strong start this season, posting 24.7 points, 8.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game, but he suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to Orlando and had already been ruled out for Tuesday's matchup versus New York, which will mark his first absence of the season. Ball was limited to just 36 games last year due to recurring ankle injuries, so this is a concerning development for the 22-year-old pro. In his absence, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges and Brandon Miller will presumably lead Charlotte's offense in usage.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Downgraded to out

    Ball (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    As expected, Ball has been downgraded from doubtful to out and will miss his first game of the season. He's reportedly avoided structural damage, but it's unclear how much time he'll miss, though the Hornets will presumably be cautious given Ball missed most of last season with recurring ankle issues. In Ball's absence, Ish Smith, Terry Rozier, Bryce McGowens and Brandon Miller are candidates for increased roles.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Unlikely to play Tuesday

    Ball (ankle) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Ball exited Sunday's game against the Magic due to a right ankle injury, and although he reportedly avoided structural damage, he'll still likely be forced to miss at least one game due to the issue. He's slated to undergo an MRI on Monday, but the results aren't yet known. A better idea of Ball's long-term status could come into focus once the results of his MRI are revealed, but Ish Smith, Terry Rozier, Bryce McGowens and Brandon Miller are candidates to see increased run Tuesday in Ball's absence.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Avoids ankle fracture

    Ball was cleared of any structural damage to his right ankle after undergoing X-rays following his exit from Sunday's 130-117 loss to the Magic and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, Spencer Percy of the "Buzz Beat" podcast reports.

    Ball's 2022-23 season came to an early end after he fractured the same ankle in late February and required surgery, so the fact that his X-ray detected no structural damage can be taken as positive news. However, Ball isn't out of the woods yet, as the upcoming MRI will reveal whether the star point guard sustained any ligament damage. Depending on what the MRI reveals, Ball could still be headed for a lengthy absence, so fantasy managers should check back for an update on his status before the Hornets' next game Tuesday against the Knicks. If Ball is forced to miss time, Terry Rozier would likely shift to more of an on-ball role, which would open a spot in the starting unit for either Brandon Miller or P.J. Washington.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Exits game Sunday

    Ball (ankle) is out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Magic, Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    The 22-year-old exited the game in the second quarter after getting tangled up with Paolo Banchero following a drive to the basket, and Ball will be unable to return due to a right ankle strain. There has been no official word on Ball's availability going forward, but it's possible he misses some time. Ball finished Sunday's contest with seven points, two assists and one rebound in 14 minutes.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Finishes with double-double

    Ball finished with 34 points (13-31 FG, 6-16 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds, 13 assists and one steal across 40 minutes during Wednesday's 117-114 victory over Washington.

    Ball had plenty of shot volume during Wednesday's matchup, and although he didn't have his most efficient performance, he finished with a team-high scoring total while also posting his second double-double in his last five appearances. He's scored at least 25 points in nine consecutive matchups and has averaged 32.2 points, 8.7 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 37.4 minutes per game during that time.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Dominates in victory Monday

    Ball recorded 36 points (15-27 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists, one block and two steals over 41 minutes during Monday's 121-118 overtime victory over the Celtics.

    Ball was dynamic once again Monday, leading the Hornets to easily their best victory of the season. He scored at least 30 points for the sixth time in the past eight games, continuing his red-hot form. He has managed to put up first-round value over the past two weeks, averaging 32.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 4.3 three-pointers per game. While this could be viewed as a sell-high opportunity, managers may simply want to hang on and see whether this turns into a season full of first-round production.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Puts up 34 points in loss

    Ball notched 34 points (12-22 FG, 8-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, nine assists and a steal across 36 minutes in Saturday's 122-108 loss to the Knicks.

    Ball has been scorching hot this month, but his impressive individual displays have not been enough to lead a struggling Hornets team to victories on a consistent basis. The team's struggles are real, but Ball remains an elite alternative in fantasy and continues to deliver first-round value due to his scoring ability and versatility. However, it must be noted his uptick in usage is also related to the fact that Terry Rozier (groin) remains out. Ball is averaging 27.0 points, 8.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in November.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Erupts for 37 points against Bucks

    Ball logged 37 points (12-28 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 11-12 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal across 35 minutes during Friday's 130-99 loss to the Bucks.

    The fourth-year guard got very little help despite his big solo performance, as no other Hornets starter could scrape together more than 11 points. Ball has scored 25 or more in six straight contests while Terry Rozier (groin) has been sidelined, averaging 31.0 points, 8.0 assists, 6.3 boards, 3.7 threes and 1.5 steals over that stretch, but Charlotte has gone just 1-5.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: High-volume production in loss

    Ball finished Tuesday's 111-105 loss to the Heat with 28 points (9-26 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals across 39 minutes. He also had eight turnovers.

    Ball struggled with his efficiency, but he didn't have much support while the Hornets were down six players due to injury. Miles Bridges also served the final game of his 30-game suspension, and he's expected to be back in action for the first time since the 2021-22 season in Friday's matchup with the Bucks and should help alleviate some of the pressure from Ball. Terry Rozier will also return at some point from a groin injury. Despite the rough field-goal percentage and hefty turnover total, Ball still filled it up in five other categories and was perfect from the charity stripe, much to the delight of fantasy managers. He's overcome a slow start to the season and has averaged 29.8 points, 8.6 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 4.0 three-pointers and 1.6 steals over his last five outings.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Stuffs stat sheet Sunday

    Ball ended Sunday's 129-107 loss to the Knicks with 32 points (13-20 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, one block and one steal over 33 minutes.

    Ball has been on an absolute tear of late and reached the 30-point mark for the third time over his last four games. The star floor general is one of the most versatile players in the league when it comes to filling the stat sheet and his numbers back him up. He's averaging 25.2 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game across six November outings.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Strikes for season-high 34

    Ball supplied 34 points (13-22 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 132-116 loss to the Wizards.

    The 34 points topped the season-high 30 that Ball produced Sunday against the Mavericks as part of a triple-double, but neither performance got the Hornets a win. The fourth-year guard has come out of his early-season shooting slump with a vengeance -- after stumbling to a 29.7 percent field-goal percentage through his first five games, Ball's gone 24-for-45 (53.3 percent) over the last two contests.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Booms for 30, scores 23 in fourth

    Ball totaled 30 points (11-23 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, 13 assists, one block and one steal across 39 minutes before fouling out of Sunday's 124-118 loss to the Mavericks.

    Ball was amid another underwhelming performance prior to sinking eight shots -- including all five of his threes -- in the fourth quarter. Ball looked like he might have tweaked his ankle towards the end of the contest, but sustaining the prime dual-threat activity that was featured throughout Sunday's contest would be huge for Charlotte and fantasy managers alike.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Chino Hills, CA
Age: 22
Experience: 3