Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan will speak at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on behalf of Kobe Bryant in May. It is only right that Jordan was bestowed this honor. The two of them shared a special bond and had a big brother-little brother relationship throughout the past two decades. Speaking on the behalf of someone of Kobe’s stature is another thing to add to Jordan’s ridiculous resume.

With all due respect to Kemba Walker, Jordan never had a player during his tenure as Hornets owner for whom he may have to prepare a Hall of Fame speech … until this season. Fortunately for MJ, he struck gold when drafting LaMelo Ball, and here are three reasons why Ball will be the first Hornets player Jordan inducts into the Hall.

3. Elite Playmaking

LaMelo Ball has already shown his ability to raise his teammates on a nightly basis. In just his rookie season with the Hornets, he has already shown he is a top-five passer in the NBA. Before going down with the injury, Ball was leading all rookies in assists and fit in flawlessly with the Hornets since being drafted.

Inserting Ball into the starting lineup midseason also allowed Terry Rozier the opportunity to play off the ball more.