LaMelo Ball named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February

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For the second straight month, LaMelo Ball was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February, the league announced on Tuesday.

During the Hornets 13 games played in February, Ball averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game, leading all rookies in points and assists per game while ranking second in rebounds and third in steals per game among rookies.

Ball was just one of five players in February to average 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals per game and just the fifth rookie over the last 20 seasons to average 20-5-5 in February.

Ball set a career-high with 34 points on Feb. 5 against Utah. Ball became the youngest player in NBA history with 30 points and five assists with no turnovers and just the second teenager. Ball is just the third rookie in Hornets franchise history with 30 points and five assists as his 34 points are tied for the fifth-most by a rookie in a single game.

Ball also finished the month with eight 20-point games, the most in franchise history by a Hornets rookie. He broke Alonzo Mourning’s record of seven 20-point games in February during the 1992-93 season. Ball also led all rookies in double-doubles (four) in February as he is leading all rookies in double-doubles (seven) and 20-point games (12) this season.

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