Former Charlotte Hornets All-Star Baron Davis is a huge fan of LaMelo Ball. The former Hornets guard, who spent six years with the five years with the franchise, who was speaking to HoopsHype as part of an exclusive interview, recently gushed over LaMelo’s skillset and the impact he can have with the Hornets.
"“He has no ceiling,” Davis said. “We don’t know what his ceiling is. He has an intangible that only the greats are given. He has the personality, vision, game, heart, and he’s clutch. He’s highly intelligent. He has an incredible emotional IQ. He’s damn near 6-foot-9 now. I stood next to him. You think about someone who’s basketball is art. The basketball is like a musical instrument to this kid.”"
Injuries destroyed any chance the Hornets had of making the playoffs last season. yet come October, the fanbase will be hoping for a much smoother ride. If the Hornets are to have a successful bounce-back year, they’re going to need LaMelo Ball at full strength.
At age 22, LaMelo will be entering his fourth season in the league and will likely be aiming to be selected to an All-Star team for the second time in his career. Of course, that means putting up All-Star numbers and making a star-level impact. Both LaMelo and the Hornets would benefit from such a strong showing.
LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets have a bright future
Earlier this summer, the Hornets front office reached an agreement with LaMelo on a contract extension that will keep him with the franchise for the foreseeable future. With so much upside and untapped potential and a young roster being built around him, LaMelo could quickly become one of the most talented and impactful players ever to put on a Hornets jersey.
However, having the talent and finding ways to utilize it to your team’s advantage are two very different things. LaMelo needs to learn how to become a winning player. A player who elevates everybody around him. Someone who singlehandedly ensures you a playoff (or play-in) team simply by being on the roster.
Baron Davis believes in LaMelo and the player he can become, as do Mitch Kupchak and the Hornets front office. Next season, LaMelo will need to begin reminding everybody of why he’s such a highly touted talent and how a partnership between him and Brandon Miller is an exciting tandem for the future.