‣ LaMelo Ball’s return to the starting lineup has strengthened the Hornets in the preseason.
‣ Coach Steve Clifford believes that LaMelo Ball has the potential to become one of the top-three point guards in the league.
‣ Brandon Miller, the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft, is considered a complete player and has impressed his teammates.
“Our vision for [LaMelo Ball] is to be the elite point guard in the league or one of the two or three best point guards in the league.”
— Hornets HC Steve Clifford
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The Charlotte Hornets have been turning heads this preseason with their strong performance, and fans believe it’s due to LaMelo Ball’s return to the starting lineup. Coach Steve Clifford is confident that Ball has the potential to become one of the best players in the league this season. In an interview with NBA insider Michael Scotto, Clifford praised Ball’s unique skills and work ethic, stating, “He’s so unique…size, speed, quickness, and then shot creation and shot-making.” Despite playing only 36 games last season due to a fractured right ankle, Ball managed to put up impressive numbers, averaging 23.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 8.4 assists.
Although Ball has just been cleared to resume contact, Clifford spoke highly of his recovery process, saying, “He was great this summer with his treatment, with his rehab, with what he did in the weight room, and what he was able to do on the court.” With averages of 19.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists throughout his young career, Ball has already been named Rookie of the Year and made the All-Star team. His coach believes he has the talent and work ethic to become an elite point guard in the league.
The coach also discussed rookie Brandon Miller, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Clifford praised Miller’s versatility and high basketball IQ, stating that he can play multiple positions and has impressed his teammates with his passing ability. Despite being a rookie, Miller has fit in well with the team and has made good decisions on the court, according to Clifford.
With a healthy Ball and the emergence of Miller, the Hornets have high hopes for the upcoming season. After finishing last season with only 27 wins and sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the team is now aiming to contend for a playoff spot. The combination of Ball’s skills and Miller’s potential has the Charlotte camp optimistic about their chances this season.