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LaMelo Ball Is Getting Serious Praise For His Performance Lately

LaMelo Ball makes his NBA debut for the Charlotte Hornets.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 12: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the first half of their game at Spectrum Center on December 12, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

It wasn't a smooth transition to the NBA, but it appears LaMelo Ball is starting to show why the Charlotte Hornets selected him with the third overall pick.

Last month, Ball was losing minutes due to his turnover issues. Hornets head coach James Borrego had a great explanation for how the rookie guard could overcome that problem.

“If you’re turning the ball over five times in 16 minutes, that ain’t gonna cut it for me,” Borrego said. “If you’re doing that on the offensive end, you better be bringing something defensively.”

Ever since that moment, Ball has taken his games to new heights. Over the past six games, the talented rookie is averaging 21.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Ball's recent product has put the rest of the NBA on notice. His adjustment period is now over and it's time for him to show what he can do in an expanded role.

ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins is so impressed by Ball's latest stretch that he called him "Magic Johnson in the making."

"It's about time the head coach gave him the keys to the car because he's been ready for this moment," Perkins said on ESPN's The Jump. "He is showtime and he has the potential to be the face of the NBA in a couple of years."

The future is bright for LaMelo Ball, that's for sure.