Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball becomes youngest player to record 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. (Jacob Kupferman/AP)

Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double Saturday night, picking up 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

At 19 years and 140 days old, Ball has now replaced Markelle Fultz, who was the previous record-holder at 19 years and 317 days old, at the top of the list.

Ball’s older brother, Lonzo Ball, who presently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, broke this exact same record in his rookie year back in 2017 while with the Los Angeles Lakers, when he recorded a triple-double at 20 years and 15 days to surpass LeBron James‘ previous mark of 20 years and 20 days.

In the nine games prior to Saturday’s contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Ball averaged 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was selected third overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.