LaMelo Ball about Anthony Edwards as Rookie of the 12 months? The NBA had some ideas

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  • Joe DeMartinoESPN editor

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LaMelo ball. Anthony Edwards. The former is one of the most exciting young point guards in the NBA, averaging 15.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 6.1 APG for the Charlotte Hornets. The latter appears to be one of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ most reliable scorers, with 19.3 PPG and 41.7 percent out of the field. Both of them excelled in their debut seasons, giving their teams hope and excitement for the future.

But only one is (supposedly) Rookie of the Year.

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Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Ball, who succeeded brother Lonzo Ball in the NBA this season, has won the NBA’s 2020-21 Rookie of the Year. Ball pretty much immediately showed that he was an NBA-caliber point guard, throwing highlight reel passes to his teammates and generally looking more comfortable than any rookie should. But does that justify choosing him over such an electrifying young goalscorer like Edwards, who rewarded the Timberwolves’ trust in picking him first in last year’s draft?

As always, the NBA as a whole had put some thought into the selection even on such a busy NBA news day, starting with Edwards’ team and Karl-Anthony Towns:

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– Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) June 16, 2021

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– Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) June 16, 2021

Meanwhile, Edwards quoted an account approvingly saying that it would only inspire him for a huge second season.

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– Anthony Edwards (@theantedwards_) June 16, 2021

For LaMelo and some of his Charlotte Hornets teammates, however, the mood was solemn.

it’s upp brudda πŸ•ΊπŸ½πŸ›ΈπŸ’• https://t.co/zQNXT9E0Sg

– Melo (@ MELOD1P) June 16, 2021

Did you all tell πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸΎ https://t.co/wTtQDhfYxf

– Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 16, 2021

Whether or not it was the right choice, it’s pretty cool to see the future of the league in such good hands.

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