Ball tops Edwards, Haliburton for NBA top rookie

2:53 PM ET

Tim BontempsESPN

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, capping a stellar first season that came on the heels of him spanning the globe to begin his professional career.

Ball topped finalists Anthony Edwards from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tyrese Haliburton from the Sacramento Kings to win the award, which was determined by a global panel of 100 writers and broadcasters who cover the league. The NBA announced the results Wednesday night.

Ball briefly played in Lithuania and Australia before being taken third overall in the 2020 draft by the Hornets, with his potential as an NBA player still a bit of an enigma.

Any doubts, however, proved to be unfounded, as Ball averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game for Charlotte this season, shooting 35.2% from 3-point range and immediately contributing to winning basketball in a way rookies rarely