LiAngelo Ball, the middle brother of Lonzo and LaMelo, on Friday produced 22 points during his debut with the Greensboro Swarm in the NBA G League regular-season opener.
Ball, 22, finished the contest shooting 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, in the 128-117 loss to the Birmingham Squadron. He also added one rebound and one assist in 24 minutes of work off of the bench.
He did most of his work behind the 3-point line but also was active in cutting to the basket, and working inside. Ball was also able to drive into the paint and finish at the rim to cap off a strong debut with the Swarm.
Ball averaged 9.6 points, two rebounds and 1.6 steals in five games with the Charlotte Hornets in the Las Vegas Summer League. He was said to have impressed his coaches and teammates during his stay over the summer and was a lock to join the Swarm this season.
The Hornets signed him to an Exhibit 10 contract during training camp and cut him the following day, a move designed to funnel him to the Swarm. However, the Swarm no longer held his rights because of a procedural issue so they were forced to select him in the G League draft.
His strong debut had plenty of fans talking on social media afterward.
Ball and the Swarm return to action on Saturday once again against the Squadron. The contest can be streamed starting at 7 p.m. EDT.