LaMelo Ball went No. 3 overall to the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Draft this week, making him and his oldest brother Lonzo the only siblings ever to be drafted in the top five. The top three, even.
Lonzo, of course, went to the Los Angeles Lakers via the second pick in the 2017 Draft following his freshman year at UCLA. (He was traded two seasons later to his current team, the New Orleans Pelicans.) While LaMelo was plotting his rookie campaign, Lonzo was, naturally, being revealed as 'The Masked Singer,' rapping a rendition of Terror Squad's "Lean Back."
The only other time a pair of brothers were selected in the top 10? Eugene and Purvis Short in 1975 and 1978, respectively. Eugene was drafted No. 9 by the New York Knicks; Purvis was drafted No. 5 by the Golden State Warriors, one spot ahead of the legendary Larry Bird.
Other notable NBA siblings like Brook and Robin Lopez went No. 10 and No. 15 overall, respectively, in the 2008 NBA Draft; Seth Curry, younger bro of Steph, who was picked at No. 7 in 2009, was undrafted.
But perhaps no one was as happy about LaMelo's high draft position as his outspoken pops LaVar. The 53-year-old Big Baller Brand founder wore a hat reading, "I TOLD YOU SO!" during the Ball's draft party at their home in Chino Hills, CA. ESPN went inside the "extravaganza."
As fate would have it, LaVar has a couple of connections to the Charlotte area. Back in 1995, he played tight end on the Panthers practice squad – yes, like the NFL team – for roughly two months.
Yet that slice of history pales in comparison to when he famously said he would "kill [Hornets owner] Michael Jordan one-on-one." MJ later responded, "I don't think he could beat me if I was one-legged."