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:
– Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) June 16, 2021
– Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) June 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Edwards approved a tweeted account saying it would only inspire him to have a huge second season.
– Anthony Edwards (@theantedwards_) June 16, 2021
For LaMelo and some of his Charlotte Hornets team-mates, however, the mood was at the party.
c’est uppp brudda https://t.co/zQNXT9E0Sg
– Mélo (@ MELOD1P) June 16, 2021
I told you https://t.co/wTtQDhfYxf
– Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 16, 2021
Whether that’s the right choice or not, it’s pretty cool to see the future of the league in such good hands.