The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 91-73 in the Las Vegas Summer League championship at Thomas and Mack Center on Tuesday. His Blazers did not trail once in the game. As Josh Hart accepted the Summer League MVP trophy, the Lakers had cause for optimism. Archie Goodwin holds the record for scoring the most points in Summer League history.
Forward Caleb Swanigan leads the Summer League in rebounds (11.0), while Wade Baldwin IV is first in assists (7.7).
This resulted in Hart winning the Summer League MVP, and LeBron congratulated him for his outstanding performance. Averaging 17.7 PPG, Mykhailiuk is coming off a 31-point effort with six treys in the semifinals. It's always good going against the best guys in the league.
Acquiring LeBron James reset expectations for L.A. and its young core.
For Collins, he's looking for redemption personally, after struggling last summer in his hometown and getting injured before the championship, then enduring the rigors of a rugged rookie season.
Since the offseason Simon said the focus has been to push Hart with a few aspects of his game that needed improvement: ball handling, shooting off the dribble and working off a pick-and-roll. Plus, with both Rondo and likely starter Lonzo Ball playing more as distributors, there could be a lane for Hart to get some lead guard minutes as a shooter who can play off James' creation abilities.
His stellar play during the Summer League helped him earn All NBA Summer League First Team honours along with Milwaukee Bucks' Christian Wood, New York Knicks' Kevin Knox, Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton and Chicago Bulls' Wendell Carter Junior.
Not bad for the 30th overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. In the second half of the tournament, "Portland" will meet with "Memphis". The only other players to really watch on the team were rookies Moritz Wagner and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.