LaMelo Ball, the Charlotte Hornets No. 3 overall pick from the 2020 NBA Draft, is expected to miss the rest of the season, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
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
Earlier today, the Hornets announced Ball has been ruled out 'indefinitely' with the fractured right wrist, an injury he is said to have suffered in the first quarter of the team's 125-98 loss against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
He did continue playing in the game, whipping out dimes with his left hand but he also knocked down a 3-pointer later. He finished that game with 13 points, five rebounds, three steals in 23 minutes.
Wojnarowski further reported that the injury is around Ball's right thumb.
Ball's meeting early this week with Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, one of the top specialists for hand injuries.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 22, 2021
In 41 games so far, 21 of which he started, the 19-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 steals on 45.1% shooting from the field, and 37.5% from beyond the arc.
Those numbers, some of which have come in game-altering or game-winning performances, made Ball the favourite to win Rookie of the Year. He leads all rookies in assists and steals while ranking in the top 3 for points and rebounds.
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