Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball youngest player to score triple-double in NBA history

The Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball is getting closer and closer to being the real deal, and now he owns an interesting piece of NBA history to prove it.

Ball scored 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists during Charlotte’s 113-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, making him the youngest player in NBA history to score a triple-double.

Hornets coach James Borrego made sure everyone listening knew that Ball’s performance was special

“A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this,” Borrego said. “This is just rare what you are seeing.”

Lamelo’s feat comes two days after becoming one assist shy of pulling off a triple-double against his brother Lonzo Ball in a game in which Charlotte beat the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ball, who is 19 years and 140 days old, surpassed the previous mark of 19 years and 317 days old held by Markelle Fultz.

An interesting item of note: Lamelo Ball committed to play college basketball for UCLA when he was in the 8th grade at age 13. He also played professionally in Lithuania with his brother Liangelo.

It was only a matter of time before the talent of the 19-year-old phenomenon came through. Ball is currently averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the last NBA draft and is now the odds on favorite to win the Rookie Of The Year award in the NBA.

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