From: Las Vegas
ORIGINAL: Mark Anderson
ORIGINAL: David Levine
The NBA's most-hyped rookie had a dud of a debut.
LaMelo Ball saw his first NBA action as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat his Charlotte Hornets, 121-114, in Wednesday’s season opener. His playing time was limited. As was his contribution on the court.
In 16 minutes, Ball logged zero points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and three turnovers. He missed all five of his field-goal attempts. It’s certainly not what Hornets fans were hoping for from the No. 3 pick in the draft.
It places him alongside the company of Greg Oden, Hasheem Thabeet and Otto Porter Jr. as the only top-three picks in NBA history to go scoreless in their NBA debuts — not exactly elite company.
Not unexpected. He's a massive project.
Wasn't he playing in a European League that is probably equal to NAIA talent.
In an Australian league comparable to the "non-elite" NCAA conferences.