No.1 pick from this NBA draft Anthony Edwards and No.3 LaMelo Ball had average performances in their preseason appearances. After having disappointing debuts, both teenagers made little progress in tonight’s matches, far below the expected.
The top selection, Edwards scored 12 points and had four boards, with two assists and steals each in 26 minutes against the Grizzlies. His shooting percentage was very bad, hitting four of 14 attempts from the field, and just one downtown try from seven.
The experts’ prognosis about his struggles with three-point shooting is receiving a back up following these two games, with Edwards making just two of them in 12 attempts.
It could be hard for the former Georgia Bulldogs’ guard to accept his new role, which doesn’t involve having the ball in his possession a lot, and coming off the bench instead of being the pivotal player on the floor.
His Timberwolves lost the second straight match against the Grizzlies, this time even more convincingly than on the opening night, 123-104. D’Angelo Russell had 19 points in 24 minutes, and Karl-Anthony Towns 14 with 9 boards and five assists. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson came off the bench to deliver 17.
Among the Grizz’s, Jonas Valanciunas had 22 and five assists, while Dillon Brooks added one fewer. Ja Morant ended the night with 17 buckets.
LaMelo Ball had 12 as well, in his Hornets’ loss at home to the Toronto Raptors, 112-109. When it comes to scoring, this performance was much better than the first one once the No.3 pick didn’t score a single point.
Ball played 20 minutes, had 3-for-10 from the field, 2-for-6 for three. Unlike in his previous appearance, the youngest of Ball brothers didn’t have the rest of his statistical columns filled – three boards, two assists, and one steal and block each.
His creativity is very high, but apparently, LaMelo has to work on his physique a lot if he wants to become an elite player. Also, the Hornets have many players at the point guard position, all of them loving to have the ball in their hands. That might create some trouble in the future.
Terry Rozier and Jalen McDaniels both had 15 points apiece, Gordon Hayward had 14, while Devonte Graham scored 13 for the Hornets.
Among the Raptors, Fred VanVleet took tonight’s matchup seriously, even though it is preseason, with the shooting guard delivering 23 points. Malachi Flynn had 17, while Terence Davis II added 14. The latter two came off the bench.