Lonzo Ball named Summer League MVP
For someone who looks like Drake, you could say that Lonzo Ball went from zero to a hundred. After starting the Summer League on a bad note, scoring just five points on an embarrassing 2-for-15 shooting from the field in a loss to the L.A. Clippers, the ex-UCLA Bruin quickly turned it around, helping the Los Angeles Lakers make it the finals of the Summer League.
On top of it all, the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is getting his first trophy as a professional, as he’s been chosen as this year’s Summer League MVP according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Los Angeles Lakers' No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball has been named NBA Summer League MVP in Las Vegas.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 18, 2017
Ball bounced back from his debacle in the Clippers game by averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, and 7.7 rebounds (including a pair of triple doubles) in a thorough display of overall court wizardry that was reminiscent of his exploits in the college ranks. Ball, however, won’t be able to participate in the championship showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers after suffering a calf injury during the Lakers’ comfortable 108-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks in the semifinals. Despite exiting the game in the third quarter, Ball was still able to post 16 points, 10 assists, and four rebounds.