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    Charlotte’s Lamelo Ball Wins 2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award

    Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA (www.NBA.com) announced today.  He is the third player to win the annual award with Charlotte, joining Larry Johnson (1991-92) and Emeka Okafor (2004-05).

    Ball received 84 first-place votes and earned 465 total points from a global panel of 99 sportswriters and broadcasters. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards received the other 15 first-place votes and finished in second place with 309 points. Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton finished in third place with 114 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. 

    Ball averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.59 steals in 28.8 minutes in 51 games (31 starts), leading all rookies in assists and steals and ranking second in points and rebounds.  He is the seventh rookie to average at least 15.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.50 steals in a season since steals became an official statistic in the 1973-74 season, joining Magic Johnson (1979-80), Penny Hardaway (1993-94), Steve Francis (1999-00), Chris Paul (2005-06), Michael Carter-Williams (2013-14) and Ben Simmons (2017-18).  Ball was one of two NBA players to reach all four of those averages this season, along with Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler.

    On Jan. 9, Ball recorded 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against the Atlanta Hawks at 19 years, 140 days old, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to have a triple-double.  In other standout performances, Ball posted a career-high 34 points, eight assists and zero turnovers against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 5 in his third career start, and he had 30 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 1.  Despite missing 21 games with a wrist injury, Ball finished with the second-most assists (313) and third-most three-pointers made (92) by a rookie in Hornets history. 

    Ball was selected as the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in each of the first three months of the season (December/January, February and March).  He was also named to the U.S. Team for the 2021 NBA Rising Stars rosters.

    Charlotte selected Ball with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.  Ball played for the Illawara Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League during the 2019-20 season, where he was named the NBL Rookie of the Year.

    The Kia NBA Rookie of the Year trophy is named in honor of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Eddie Gottlieb, one of the NBA’s founders.  Gottlieb coached the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1946-47 championship in the league’s first season.

    The voting results for the 2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award are below.  The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP.  Complete ballots for each voter will be posted at PR.NBA.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards. 

    VOTING RESULTS: 2020-21 KIA NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD

    Player (Team)

    1st Place Votes (5 Points)

    2nd Place Votes (3 Points)

    3rd Place Votes (1 Point)

    Total Points

    LaMelo Ball (Charlotte)

    84

    15

    0

    465

    Anthony Edwards (Minnesota)

    15

    75

    9

    309

    Tyrese Haliburton (Sacramento)

    0

    9

    87

    114

    Saddiq Bey (Detroit)

    0

    0

    3

    3

    Below is the all-time list of recipients of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award.


    KIA NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

    1952-53 – Don Meineke, Fort Wayne
    1953-54 – Ray Felix, Baltimore
    1954-55 – Bob Pettit, Milwaukee
    1955-56 – Maurice Stokes, Rochester
    1956-57 – Tom Heinsohn, Boston
    1957-58 – Woody Sauldsberry, Philadelphia
    1958-59 – Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis
    1959-60 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
    1960-61 – Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
    1961-62 – Walt Bellamy, Chicago
    1962-63 – Terry Dischinger, Chicago
    1963-64 – Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati
    1964-65 – Willis Reed, New York
    1965-66 – Rick Barry, San Francisco
    1966-67 – Dave Bing, Detroit
    1967-68 – Earl Monroe, Baltimore
    1968-69 – Wes Unseld, Baltimore
    1969-70 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
    1970-71 – Dave Cowens, Boston (tie) Geoff Petrie, Portland (tie)
    1971-72 – Sidney Wicks, Portland
    1972-73 – Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
    1973-74 – Ernie DiGregorio, Buffalo
    1974-75 – Jamaal Wilkes, Golden State
    1975-76 – Alvan Adams, Phoenix
    1976-77 – Adrian Dantley, Buffalo


    1977-78 – Walter Davis, Phoenix
    1978-79 – Phil Ford, Kansas City
    1979-80 – Larry Bird, Boston
    1980-81 – Darrell Griffith, Utah
    1981-82 – Buck Williams, New Jersey
    1982-83 – Terry Cummings, San Diego
    1983-84 – Ralph Sampson, Houston
    1984-85 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1985-86 – Patrick Ewing, New York
    1986-87 – Chuck Person, Indiana
    1987-88 – Mark Jackson, New York
    1988-89 – Mitch Richmond, Golden State
    1989-90 – David Robinson, San Antonio
    1990-91 – Derrick Coleman, New Jersey
    1991-92 – Larry Johnson, Charlotte
    1992-93 – Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando
    1993-94 – Chris Webber, Golden State
    1994-95 – Grant Hill, Detroit (tie)
    Jason Kidd, Dallas (tie)
    1995-96 – Damon Stoudamire, Toronto
    1996-97 – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
    1997-98 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    1998-99 – Vince Carter, Toronto
    1999-00 – Elton Brand, Chicago (tie)
    Steve Francis, Houston (tie)     
    2000-01 – Mike Miller, Orlando

    2001-02 – Pau Gasol, Memphis
    2002-03 – Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix
    2003-04 – LeBron James, Cleveland
    2004-05 – Emeka Okafor, Charlotte
    2005-06 – Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City
    2006-07 – Brandon Roy, Portland
    2007-08 – Kevin Durant, Seattle
    2008-09 – Derrick Rose, Chicago
    2009-10 – Tyreke Evans, Sacramento
    2010-11 – Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
    2011-12 – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
    2012-13 – Damian Lillard, Portland
    2013-14 – Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia
    2014-15 – Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota
    2015-16 – Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota
    2016-17 – Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee
    2017-18 – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
    2018-19 – Luka Dončić, Dallas
    2019-20 – Ja Morant, Memphis
    2020-21 – LaMelo Ball, Charlotte






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