NBA Twitter is rooting for LiAngelo Ball to make the Charlotte Hornets’ roster after a report suggested he’s impressed the team during the Summer League.
LiAngelo Ball may have what it takes to make it in the NBA after all.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported on the Hornets‘ high opinion of the middle Ball brother, sparking conversation around whether or not he’s a legitimate threat to make the roster.
“Lots of buzz around [LiAngelo Ball], who’s played very well during Summer League and is vying for *either* an NBA or G-League spot,” Schultz tweeted. “Have spoken w/multiple members of the #Hornets’ org. They love Gelo! Has proven to a ton of doubters that he’s a legit guy and a big time worker…
“Spoke w/#Hornets assistant coach Jay Triano, who said this of [Ball]: ‘Great kid. Love him. He was at the facility practicing everyday for two months to play in the Summer League. Shows a ton of character. He can shoot it, great feel, knack for scoring.’”
While his brothers Lonzo and LaMelo were always pegged as NBA talents, LiAngelo never drew the same attention. Fans and scouts assumed he’d struggle to make it.
That perception was reinforced when he went undrafted in 2018. Now, the tides seem to be turning.
NBA Twitter is on LiAngelo Ball’s side
Having watched him in the NBA Summer League, a lot of people think he deserves a chance to prove himself in the league.
Many are rooting for him to succeed.
It makes you wonder where Ball would be now if not for a series of unfortunate events. After he went undrafted, he signed on to play in his father’s Junior Basketball Association. A year later, when he might have made a run at the NBA again, he underwent surgery on his ankle and missed the better part of the year.
He might have gotten an opportunity in the G-League in 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the season. It also ended the prospect of a Summer League.
This summer, Ball has made an impression. We’ll see if he turns it into something bigger.