Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is Summer League MVP


Posted at Jul 18 2017 12:09 PM

Los Angeles rookie Lonzo Ball, the second pick in the 2017 NBA Rookie Draft, was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Summer League after an impressive stint as he led the Lakers to the Finals.

Ball is the first Laker to earn the honor, and he did so after averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game.

He tallied two triple-doubles: an 11-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist performance in an 81-86 loss to Boston; and a 16-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound performance in a 94-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ball received his trophy ahead of the Finals game between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The UCLA product did not play in the championship game after suffering a calf strain in the semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks.

"It felt great. I was hoping to get this win out and feel even better, but I'm grateful to my teammaets for helping me get this," said Ball. "I can't be out there tonight, but I'm supporting from the sidelines. Hopefully, we can get it done."

Joining Ball in the All-NBA Summer League team are: John Collins (Atlanta Hawks), Josh Jackson (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks), and Caleb Swanigan (Portland Trail Blazers).

Another Lakers rookie, Kyle Kuzma, leads the All-NBA Summer League Second Team, where he is joined by Boston's Jayson Tatum, New Orleans' Cheick Diallo, San Antonio's Bryn Forbes, and Memphis' Wayne Selden Jr.

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