Hornets Rookie LaMelo Ball Becomes Youngest to Record Triple-Double

LaMelo Ball (left) playing in Lithuania in 2018. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen In Motion/Shutterstock

There’s officially a new record-holder for the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double—Charlotte Hornets rookie guard LaMelo Ball.

In a 113-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks, Ball put up 22 points, 12 boards, and 11 assists. He did it at the age of 19 years and 140 days old.

Interestingly enough, the very same record was also once held by Ball’s older brother Lonzo Ball. In Lonzo’s rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers, he recorded a triple-double at 20 years and 15 days old.

It didn’t take long for Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic to get in on that action, beating Lonzo’s record and doing it at 19 years and 327 days.

Then it was the Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz’s turn, who stole the record by getting a triple-double at 19 years and 317 days.

Finally, LaMelo decided he wanted to be the record-holder, which is what brings us to his milestone today.

As the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, many people had high hopes for the youngster, predicting that he’ll eventually reach the All-Star level. However, draft hype doesn’t always translate to real-world success.

In LaMelo’s case, however, it seems to be rolling over pretty well. So far, he’s been averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists—which is not bad at all for a rookie still getting his sea legs.