LaMelo Ball is the first Top-3 pick to score 0 points in his NBA debut since Otto Porter Jr in 2013. Hasheem Thabeet (2009) and Greg Oden (2008) are the only other Top-3 picks to be held scoreless in their NBA debut over the last 15 years.
For his first NBA game, he recorded 0 point (0/5 shooting), 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 rebound in 16 minutes against Cleveland. He played “only” 16 minutes because Terry Rozier was on fire. He scored 42 points in 38 minutes.
The rookie also appears hesitant, like on this sequence.
It is just his first game, nothing serious. LaMelo Ball has the talent to bounce back. It will take time for him to adjust to the highest level. He will also receive more minutes in the coming games, without a doubt.