LaMelo Ball’s irregular course to the NBA ended in many consequences, intended and unintended. While many possibilities in a draft class bask in both performed towards one one other all around the college season or in the grassroots scene, Ball now not playing for an AAU team or in college manner his interactions on-court docket with his draft classmates has been on the subject of non-existent.
Smooth, Ball is standard ample a participant that basketball fans and avid gamers alike are conversant in his sport, including No. 1 pick and Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards. Prior to Friday’s assembly between the two, the major of their NBA occupation, Edwards mentioned he hadn’t met Ball however became a fan.
“I love his sport however I truly bask in by no manner met him,” he acknowledged. “We’ve been on calls collectively stuff because we both were doable No. 1 picks however I’ve by no manner met him. But…I love his sport. No concern with him.”
Minnesota will be as linked to Ball as smartly after opting to draft Edwards over him. Head coach Ryan Saunders had a position in evaluating him in the pre-draft project and spoke about Ball as smartly sooner than Friday’s sport.
“I’ve watched him this yr however also all over our draft project, too, and diving into what he can conclude,” he acknowledged. “His skill, at his size, to read defenses and play out of pick and roll, I mean he’s been doing that for a long time. One of his elite talents is making teammates greater.”
The Timberwolves saw firsthand what Ball became in a position to on Friday evening as Ball recorded one other 20/10 sport with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the 120-114 Hornets win. However, he and Edwards set up on a display in the major half of by trading baskets for a string of 14 consecutive points scored or assisted on.