LaMelo Ball will join his brother Lonzo in the NBA after LaMelo was the third overall pick of the 2020 NBA draft. The Charlotte Hornets decided to select LaMelo, and he’ll look to start his NBA career off strong. It seemed like yesterday that LaMelo and Lonzo were playing in their backyard as kids, and now they’ll play against each other in the NBA.
After LaMelo was drafted, the two brothers made NBA draft history in a special way.
Lonzo Ball started his NBA career in 2017
Lonzo Ball started his NBA career in 2017 when the LA Lakers selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft. The oldest of two, Ball set the foundation for his younger brothers and was someone they always looked up to when they were growing up. He was a star in high school and college and was ready to start his NBA career. During his first season, he started in 50 of the 52 games he played in and averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds. He was named to the All-Rookie Second Team in 2018.
Ball dealt with injuries during his second season and missed a good portion of the season. He started in 45 of the 47 games he played in and averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. After two seasons in LA, Ball was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
In his first season with the Pelicans, he had a career-high in games played and games started. Ball played in 63 games and started in 54 for the Pelicans. When he joined the Pelicans, there was an emphasis on changing the form of his shot, and that’s something he worked heavily on during the offseason. During the 2019-20 season, he averaged a career-high in points (11.8), and he shot 37 percent from deep, which also was a career-high.
LaMelo Ball’s path to the NBA was way different than Lonzo’s
LaMelo Ball has had an interesting journey to get to the NBA. He did not take the traditional approach like his brother Lonzo, but he still was able to become a top draft pick. LaMelo’s professional career began in 2018 when he debuted with Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He did not receive much playing time with the team, and after a few months, he returned to the states to play for the JBA, a league started by his father.
After playing in the JBA, LaMelo wanted to return to high school to finish his senior year. He joined Spire Institute in Ohio and finished his high school basketball career there. After his high school career ended, LaMelo went back overseas, but this time it was in Australia to play for the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL. He was named the NBL Rookie of the Year after averaging 17 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.8 assists through 12 games.
Lonzo and LaMelo Ball made NBA draft history
The Ball family has been in the spotlight for multiple years. Ever since Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo were in high school, the cameras were always on them. Now the cameras will be on Lonzo and LaMelo at the NBA stage. When LaMelo was drafted, the two brothers made history.
According to si.com, they became the first set of brothers to be selected in the top three of the NBA draft. It was a special moment for the Ball family to see the youngest brother start his NBA career after the journey he had. Lonzo and LaMelo will have many competitive battles during their time in the league, and it’ll be exciting to watch the two play against each other.