Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball expected to miss remainder of the season with wrist injury

Mar 15, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) during the third quarter at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

This is objectively horrible news. In the midst of one of the better rookie seasons in modern NBA history, Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is likely finished for the remainder of the campaign.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday evening that Ball will likely miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season after suffering a fractured right wrist. Ball is seeking a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis.

Ball, 20, had been playing elite-level basketball prior to suffering the injury Saturday evening against the Los Angeles Clippers. At least initially, the injury did not seem too severe. Obviously, that’s not the case.

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Feb 24, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (20) in the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Since taking over starting duties back on February 1, Ball has been among the best all-around players in the NBA. That’s not hyperbole.

This span has seen the rookie No. 3 pick average 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists on 43% shooting from distance in 21 games.

His performance has helped the Charlotte Hornets to a 20-21 record with the current standing as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Obviously, Charlotte is going to take a major step back with Ball likely sidelined for the remainder of the season. After all, he was the consensus top Rookie of the Year candidate around the Association.

Now that Ball is sidelined, the door opens for No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards to vie for the top individual honor. Edwards, 20, has been solid recently. He’s averaging 24.9 points and 6.2 rebounds over the past 10 games. Despite this, Ball’s injury is a bitter pill to swallow.

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