2020-21 Season Recap: Charlotte Hornets | Hornets' LaMelo Ball wins 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year

2020-21 Season Recap: Charlotte Hornets | Hornets' LaMelo Ball wins 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball is the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. Ball won the award despite playing in only 51 games due to injury. That is the fourth-fewest games played in the award's history. Paul Hoffman holds the record with 37 during the 1947-48 season, but it should be noted that his team played only 48 games that season. In a traditional 82-game season, Patrick Ewing and Vince Carter tied for the record with 50 games played. Ball is tied with Kyrie Irving just below them. Irving, like Ball, debuted in a shortened season. For Ball, it was because of COVID-19. For Irving, it was the 2011 lockout. No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Sacramento Kings' Tyrese Haliburton finished second and third, respectively.

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