Lonzo Ball Wins Summer League MVP
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA Summer League on Monday night.
The second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks over the course of six games. Those 9.3 assists per game were a Summer League best.
Joining Ball on the Summer League First Team are Atlanta’s John Collins, Phoenix’s Josh Jackson, Dallas’ Dennis Smith, and Portland’s Caleb Swanigan.
Ball was named MVP despite sitting out Monday night’s championship game against Portland with a strained calf. He also missed a game earlier in the competition with a strained groin, playing in just six of the Lakers’ eight games.
Naturally, the Lakers are thrilled with Ball’s performance.
That Ball Boy is your 2017 Las Vegas Summer League MVP pic.twitter.com/xPCLQWSHTI
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 18, 2017
Head coach Luke Walton also sang Lonzo’s praises.
“Lonzo definitely gave the team a lot of confidence as this thing went along,” Walton said. “The way he plays, he’s always got his poise about him, just an incredible basketball player. And with the unselfish nature he plays the game, it just becomes contagious, and I think other guys started picking up and playing off of that.”
I guess LaVar Ball was right. Lonzo IS better than LeBron and Westbrook, small sample size be damned!
Look out, Warriors. Lonzo Ball is the greatest point guard of all time, and he’s coming for you!
JK. Totally kidding! Lonzo is pretty good, though.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]