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Donovan Mitchell On LaMelo Ball: "Not Going To Lie, I'm Very Impressed."

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LaMelo Ball is not a name that needs a lot of introduction. He was the No. 3 overall draft pick in the 2020 NBA class, and he's already turning heads. LaMelo Ball is an elite playmaker who can set up his teammates, but he also isn't afraid to score the basketball himself. He has a complete offensive skill set, and all he needs to is get more consistent. Ball's ability on the ball is a joy to watch, and plenty of people around the league love his wizardry with his passing.

Donovan Mitchell is someone who has praised the Hornets rookie, after witnessing LaMelo Ball score 34 points against the Utah Jazz in a game that ended up a loss for the Charlotte Hornets. Mitchell had only positive things to say to the media. The segment starts at 6:07.

I'm not going to lie, I'm very impressed. Not just his playmaking ability and his competitiveness, but his joy. I don't think I have ever not seen him smile throughout the game.

LaMelo Ball has turned many heads around the league, and it is good to see someone with an All-Star pedigree give LaMelo Ball some credit. LaMelo Ball is one of the favorites for the Rookie of the Year award, and he is clearly adapting to the league fairly well. Mitchell mentions LaMelo Ball's sense of joy, which is so important: having a good mindset while playing the game will lead to better results on the court. Playing basketball with happiness is the best way to do it, and it is reflected in the fun way LaMelo Ball plays the game.

The Hornets are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference, and they have looked fairly good all season, but especially when LaMelo Ball entered the starting lineup. The Hornets could easily make the playoffs, and LaMelo Ball will be a key factor in their chase for the postseason.