The Los Angeles Lakers are owning the summer.
The NBA announced on Tuesday that second-year Lakers guard Josh Hart is the MVP of the Summer League, a showcase of young talent and players grinding to make NBA rosters. Hart was leading the Summer League with 24.2 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals through six games at the time of the award.
Hart caps Summer League in dubious fashion
Hart’s Summer League ended on a sour note though. Named MVP before the championship game, Hart got into an argument with the refs in Tuesday’s finale against the Portland Trail Blazers, earning a technical foul with just less than five minutes remaining.
Displeased with the technical, Hart continued to plead his case and found himself ejected by referee Tyler Ford.
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The Lakers went to to lose, 91-73.
Josh Hart followed in the footsteps of teammate Lonzo Ball to win the NBA Summer League MVP. (AP)
Hart joins Lonzo Ball in Summer League lore
While it wasn’t a Summer League storybook ending, it was the second straight year the Lakers have produced the Summer League MVP after Lonzo Ball won the award in 2017.
It also earned Hart a shoutout from a high-profile new teammate.
Josh Hart joined by big-name rookies for Summer League honors
Hart is joined on the All-NBA Summer League First Team by high-profile rookies Kevin Knox (N.Y. Knicks), Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago Bulls) along with 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks big man Christian Wood, who has played 30 games in two NBA seasons.
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr., Trail Blazers guard Wade Baldwin IV, Lakers forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young made the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.
Hart likely looking at increased role with Lakers next season
Hart started in 23 of the 63 games he played as a rookie last season, averaging 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field as the 30th pick in the draft out of Villanova.
The Lakers will likely look to increase his role as a shooter around LeBron James next season and lean on his 39.6 percent rate from 3-point range he posted as a rookie.
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