The Lakers may have won the summer league championship on the strength of Kyle Kuzma’s championship game performance (30 points, 10 rebounds — which fell in line with his strong play this summer overall), but Lonzo Ball was the MVP of the Las Vegas league.
The Lakers rookie PG averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 9.3 assists and dazzled fans nightly with a combination of his basketball IQ and feel as a passer. We wrote about how special Lonzo is, but sometimes words just don’t do it justice. Only seeing what this kid was doing — especially as a passer — can give you the appropriate appreciation.
Without further ado, here are Lonzo Ball’s highlights from the Vegas Summer League and why he was named the MVP:
The full court bombs, the drawing and dishing, the perfectly executed lobs to streaking teammates – Ball did it all as second nature. Add in his own scoring (which was hit and miss, but he showed some promise in that area) and he delivered as well as anyone could have hoped.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but players who play this style just don’t come around often. Plenty of guys play fast and others show a penchant for spectacular passing, but few combine both attributes the way Ball does. He is just a joy to watch play. I can’t wait until training camp.