— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 19, 2017
Ball was responsible for highlight after highlight during his time on the floor. From cross court dimes with the accuracy of an NFL Quarterback to ill crossovers to finish at the rim with the jelly. Lonzo Ball went on the court and did exactly what his father said he would do. Be a superstar. Averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 Rebounds, and a Summer League leading 9.3 assists per game, Ball was dominant on the floor and made the players around him better.
He was also the first player to record a triple double in the NBA Summer League since 2008 with his performance against the Boston Celtics where he stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists in their 86-81 loss. Ball took it one step higher outdoing himself once more against the Cleveland Cavaliers five days later. He finished the night with 16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds; another triple double. Most importantly the Lakers walked away with a win with a final score of 94-83.
Ball was not the only bright spot for the Lakers in the NBA Summer League. With the absence of their number 2 pick in Summer League Championship, someone needed to step up. Forward Kyle Kuzma answered the call with ice in his veins. Kuzma started the night firing off from deep with three shots from behind the arc and a layup in less than a three-minute span. He finished the night with 30 points and 10 rebounds to help the Lakers fight off the Portland Trailblazers for the Championship. To cap off the night he also took home the games MVP. The Lakers seemed to have stumbled onto a gem with their 27th pick also leading all players in scoring during the Summer League averaging 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.
Ball’s performances did not go unnoticed as he was awarded the NBA Summer League MVP. He was also a part of the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League First Team. Kuzma was also awarded earned a spot on the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team. With his recent 30 point performance in the Summer League final Kyle Kuzma also announced he has signed with Nike.
Lonzo Ball named NBA Summer League MVP in Las Vegas.
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 18, 2017
With all the critics who were aimed at the Ball Family mostly for the antics of LaVar Ball, it leaves many to wonder if he was right all along. From the establishment of their Big Baller Brand to the videos of LaVar coming down his young son LaMelo for his lack of defense in AAU. LaVar clearly has a system in place and it seems to be working. That his cockiness in his son’s skill was not cockiness at all, just confidence in the work not only his son has put in on the court but the work he has put into his son. At the end of the day, you may not be able to gauge Lonzo Ball’s career with his recent performances but, if he keeps going at this rate the Lakers will have exactly what they hoped for.
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