Despite point guard Lonzo Ball not suiting up, the Los Angeles Lakers came away with the Las Vegas Summer League Championship Monday with a 110-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kyle Kuzma, who was taken with the 27th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, led the way for the Lakers in the championship-clinching win with a team-high 30 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Thomas added 23 points while Vander Blue recorded 20 points. Ivica Zubac was second on the team with nine rebounds while also collecting 12 points.
Kuzma, along with Ball, landed on the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League First Team on Monday to punctuate a superb summer league run from Los Angeles. Alex Caruso also provided some defensive fireworks in the victory with a ferocious block in the fourth quarter.
Caleb Swanigan, who also was on the first team, led the Trail Blazers with 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, while also adding three steals. Jake Layman was second on the Trail Blazers with 21 points and Jarnell Stokes added 16. The former Purdue star, who was taken with the 26th pick in this year’s draft, had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the team’s semifinal win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers took down the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to earn a spot in the finale.
Ball, whom the Lakers took with the No. 2 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, was named the league’s MVP after collecting a triple-double and four double-doubles despite also missing the semifinal due to calf tightness. Fellow top-10 pick in the Phoenix Suns’ Josh Jackson, landed on the first team while Boston Celtics top selection Jayson Tatum highlighted the second-team field.