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WATCH: LaMelo Ball dazzles as a passer in preseason opener with Hornets despite shooting struggles

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WATCH: LaMelo Ball dazzles as a passer in preseason opener with Hornets despite shooting struggles

LaMelo Ball entered the NBA with a reputation similar to his older brother Lonzo’s. He’s already a transcendent passer at the age of 19, but the rest of his offensive game wants work. Each had been true in his preseason opener towards the Toronto Raptors, as Ball missed all eight of his shot attempts, 5 from the field and three from the line, but made up for it with some of the most dazzling passes you’ll ever see out of a rookie

The play of the night was a behind-the-back gem in transition that led to 2 easy Miles Bridges points.

The difference between LaMelo and Lonzo at this stage of their careers, although, is that Lonzo’s finest passing work comes virtually exclusively in transition, whereas LaMelo is a more advanced half-court creator, utilizing his superior size and ending ability to draw defenders away from teammates.

That mixture is what made him the No. 3 picks in the NBA Draft. The half-court passing has extra purposeful utility, but his “blink-and-you’ll miss them” outlet passes practically create free factors.