Lonzo Ball named MVP of summer league

Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball shoots over Los Angeles Clippers' Brice Johnson (10) during overtime of an NBA summer league basketball game, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has been named the MVP of the 2017 summer league, ahead of Monday night’s championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Ball appeared in six of the Lakers’ eight games during the summer, missing the title game due to calf tightness that knocked him from Sunday night’s semifinal game. He finishes his first summer league averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game. He also shot 38 percent from the field and reeled off four double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles, helping lead Los Angeles to the finals (while wearing a multitude of different shoe brands, to boot).

Los Angeles made Ball the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, their third consecutive year of drafting at the No. 2 spot. Having played just a single year collegiately at UCLA when he led the NCAA in assists per game, he immediately has transitioned to the role of starting point guard for the Lakers.

He would lead the summer league in assists, with only two other players even averaging better than six assists per game heading into Monday night.

He was also named to the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League First Team, alongside Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Portland Trail Blazers center Caleb Swanigan, Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson and Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins.

The MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team consisted of one of Ball’s teammates in rookie forward Kyle Kuzma, who is joined by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo, San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes and Memphis Grizzlies forward Wayne Selden Jr.

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