After playing 51 games this season, Lamelo Ball has won Rookie of the Year for the 2020-21 NBA season. Although Ball suffered a fractured wrist against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 20th, he was still able to receive more votes than Anthony Edwards and presumably Tyrese Haliburton. Ball averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He was a threat whenever he touched the court, and it is clear that he doesn’t mind sharing the basketball. The young and extremely crafty point guard has a bright future after such a dominant season, even after experiencing a setback.
Many fans expected Minnesota Timberwolves guard, Anthony Edwards, to win the award this season. Edwards played in every game this year and was close to unstoppable on the offensive end. He finished the season with an average of 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest. While comparing the two rookies, Ball and Edwards, many assume that Edward’s commanding presence on the court was greater than Ball’s. Another argument could be the fact that Edwards played the entire season. On the contrary, this could be flipped and used in Ball’s favor to say that he could have averaged better numbers if he played more often.
While no one can predict the future, it can be assumed that Ant-Man will come out next season trying to prove a point- that he should have won Rookie of the Year. Ball may come out next year trying to defend his award, while playing even better than he did the previous season- letting fans know that he deserved the award, fair and square. It is almost a no-brainer that it will be interesting watching the two guards play through their second ever NBA season.