LaMelo Ball vs. Anthony Edwards for Rookie of the Year? The NBA had some thoughts – –

LaMelo Ball vs. Anthony Edwards for Rookie of the Year? The NBA had some thoughts – –

LaMelo ball. Anthony Edwards. The former is one of the most exciting young pointers in the NBA, averaging 15.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 6.1 APG for the Charlotte Hornets. The latter appears to be one of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ most reliable goal scorers, with 19.3 PPG and 41.7% shots from the field. Both excelled in their first seasons and provided their teams with hope and enthusiasm for the future.

But only one is (apparently) the Rookie of the Year.

Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Ball, who has followed his brother Lonzo Ball into the NBA this season, won the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year award. Ball almost immediately showed he was an NBA-caliber playmaker, throwing highlight passes at his teammates and generally looking more at ease than any rookie. But does that justify his being selected over a young goalscorer as electric as Edwards, who rewarded the Timberwolves’ faith by selecting him first in last year’s draft?

As always, the NBA as a whole has given thought to the selection, even on such a busy day of news, starting with Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns’ side:

Meanwhile, Edwards approved a tweeted account saying it would only inspire him to have a huge second season.

For LaMelo and some of his Charlotte Hornets team-mates, however, the mood was at the party.

Whether that’s the right choice or not, it’s pretty cool to see the future of the league in such good hands.


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