LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets was named the NBA Rookie of the Year.
The 19-year-old No. 3 selection from the 2020 NBA Draft beat No. 1 draftee Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the No. 12 selection Tyrese Haliburton of the Sacramento Kings from the same class in the competition for the award.
Ball is the third player in Hornets history to receive the honor.
A global panel of 100 writers and broadcasters who cover NBA games gave 84 first-team and 15 second-team votes to Ball, who had 465 total points. Edwards got 15 first-team and 75 second-team votes, for 305 points.
Though a fractured wrist cost Ball 21 games in the regular season, he averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game, shooting 35 percent from the 3-point line.
On January 9, Ball had a triple-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the youngest NBA player to do so.