LaMelo Ball Becomes Youngest Player In NBA History To Post Triple-Double

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) looks away while passing the ball past Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) and forward Cam Reddish (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

LaMelo Ball is increasingly looking like the real deal, and he now owns an interesting slice of NBA history.

With 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Saturday, the Charlotte Hornets rookie became the youngest NBA player to ever post a triple-double. Ball’s big night led the Hornets to a 113-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The previous mark for youngest triple-double had come from Markelle Fultz, then of the Philadelphia 76ers, who was 19 years and 317 days when he recorded his first triple-double. Ball is half a year younger at 19 years and 140 days.

This comes only one day after Ball finished one assist shy of the same achievement when facing his brother Lonzo Ball and the New Orleans Pelicans. Saturday’s game was even better, with Ball shooting 9-of-13 from the field (3-of-5 from deep) with only two turnovers.

It wasn’t just a statistically impressive game either. Ball was shooting like this:


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