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LiAngelo Ball Makes 5 3-Pointers, Drops 16 in Hornets Summer League Debut vs. Blazers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 9, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 8: LiAngelo Ball #8 of Charlotte Hornets drives to the basket during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League on August 8, 2021 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LiAngelo Ball is making the most of his opportunity with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA summer league already.

While the Hornets lost 93-86 to the Portland Trail Blazers in their summer league opener, Ball came off the bench to finish with 16 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes.

He shot 5-of-8 from three-point territory, while the rest of the Hornets collectively were 3-of-19 from beyond the arc.

After entering the game in the first quarter, Ball dialed up from deep at the 9:49 mark of the second frame for his first bucket of the game.

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LiAngelo Ball knocks down a three-pointer for the Hornets! 👌🏼 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBASummer?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBASummer</a> <a href="https://t.co/duDkXzdA4R">pic.twitter.com/duDkXzdA4R</a>

The shooting didn't stop from there.

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Great ball movement by the Hornets leads to another three-pointer by LiAngelo Ball 🔥 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBASummer?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBASummer</a> <a href="https://t.co/yfkKa0bwpn">pic.twitter.com/yfkKa0bwpn</a>

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Knock it down <a href="https://twitter.com/LiAngeloBall?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LiAngeloBall</a>! 👌 <a href="https://t.co/LVjr8WLczI">pic.twitter.com/LVjr8WLczI</a>

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LIANGELO BALL 4-POINT PLAY 🔥🔥 <a href="https://t.co/PGnVmE3u4r">pic.twitter.com/PGnVmE3u4r</a>

In the third quarter, Ball certainly earned this assist that was finished off by Nick Richards.

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LiAngelo with the all-out hustle 😤 <a href="https://t.co/Doxa9OPxHv">pic.twitter.com/Doxa9OPxHv</a>

While his brothers, Lonzo and LaMelo, have carved out NBA careers for themselves, LiAngelo hasn't had a professional breakthrough following his abrupt departure from UCLA in 2017.

"I don’t know," Ball told the Charlotte Observer's Jonathan M. Alexander of his road so far. "I control what I can. That’s not in my hands. So every time I get the chance to play, I just go my hardest, and hopefully it’ll work out."

One strong performance in summer league doesn't guarantee Ball will make Charlotte's final roster, but it likely ensures he'll get plenty of run when the Hornets are back in action Monday against the Sacramento Kings.

His hot shooting from deep should be encouraging to the coaching staff, too, after the team finished 13th in the league in three-point percentage last season (36.9 percent).

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