Lakers' Josh Hart named NBA Summer League MVP


Josh Hart #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 7, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, Las Vegas was a great mix of promising rookies, sophomores and other players trying to make a mark in the NBA. LeBron led the league in minutes played that year, averaging 42.4, and earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. Before the game, the Lakers' Josh Hart was named the Summer League MVP.

So despite losing in the finale, there was still plenty to be excited about in Laker Land. Their roster was as stacked as it can possibly get for the Summer League.

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Svi Mykhailiuk also struggled, scoring just 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

The 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk - he scored 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting (2 of 7 from three) with three rebounds and two assists in the title game - averaged 16.6 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting for the 6-1 Lakers. Point guard Lonzo Ball is coming off knee surgery and is reportedly being shopped in trades, but he showed during his rookie season to be a solid distributor and a better than advertised defender. "And nobody shined brighter than the Los Angeles Lakers" draft pick out of Villanova, Josh Hart. Baldwin added 14 points, four rebounds and six assists. He complements his playmaking with a reasonable jumper (one made 3-pointer in every game) and the ability to get to the rim and score (13.3 PPG, and three games with five or more free throw attempts). Ellis will now play for Oliver Wurzburg, a professional basketball team based in Wurzburg, Germany, the team announced on its website on Wednesday. With him on the floor, the Trailblazers outscored the Lakers by 24 points.

Collins has the highest upside, but with the team re-signing Jusuf Nurkic it appears that he is set to be the backup for the foreseeable future.