Hornets' LaMelo Ball youngest ever to record triple-double

LaMelo Ball

Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball tells us the secret to his elite rebounding skills after becoming the youngest to ever record an National Basketball Association triple-double. It was only the tenth game in Ball's short career. "This is just rare, what you're seeing", Borrego said.

The insane thing about his record-setting game is that it occurred less than 24 hours after he almost secured a triple-double in a game against his oldest brother, Lonzo. After nine points, seven assists and four rebounds in the first half, Ball checked in at the 7:20 mark of the second half and, within three in-game minutes, had his eighth and ninth assists.

Ball had several sharp passes, including a ideal behind-the-back strike to set up a 3-pointer by PJ Washington.

Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball is quickly proving the Hornets made a wise investment with his selection at No. 3.

It had been almost two years since a Hornet last assembled a triple-double (Nic Batum in March of 2018).

LaMelo Ball, on the court seems like a natural, when it comes to grabbing rebounds.

Ball tied his highest scoring night on nine-of-13 shooting from the field as the Hornets handed the struggling Hawks their fourth straight loss.

Terry Rozier scored 23 points and P.J. Washington added 22 points for Charlotte, which also defeated the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday.

LaMelo Ball is a quick study. "I know that's supposed to happen".

"He's a tall PG who can pass, can rebound and he's a smart player", said Atlanta Hawk's star Trae Young.

'You have to be active and aware when he has the ball. "It's always fun playing with a guy like that". He was also the first Hornets player to record a triple-double since Nic Batum in March 2018 while Ball and former Hornets player Kemba Walker are the only two Charlotte rookies to record the stat line.

Ball had 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Hornets' win over the Atlanta Hawks at 19 years and 140 days of age, passing the previous record-holder Markelle Fultz who had his first triple-double at 19 years and 317 days old.

Most important to it all on the night was Ball's contributions came in the flow of the offense and helped Charlotte move to.500 on the season. The only Hornets rookie I'd compare that to was Larry Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1991 draft.

But the next night, LaMelo didn't waste an opportunity to etch his names in the history books.

"He's not rattled by the moment", said Borrego.

"I've not really processed it yet. It worked for him".