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Lonzo Ball Named Summer League MVP
Kyle Kuzma Chosen for Second Team All-Summer League
Lonzo Ball came to Las Vegas with more expectations than any other player.
He'll leave as the 2017 Summer League MVP.
Ball's passing was the best show in Vegas for 11 days, as his 9.3 assists per game were the most in Summer League history.
The majority of these dimes came in highlight fashion, as Ball continuously wowed fans with his ability to deliver the ball with pinpoint accuracy, even when launching it the length of the court in transition.
But Ball was much more than just a facilitator in Vegas, also averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
On July 8, he accomplished a feat not seen at Summer League in 2008 by dropping a triple-double against Boston with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
He lit up the scoreboard himself in his next game, racking up 36 points in a win over Philadelphia while still affecting every facet of the game with 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. Then he went back into triple-double territory by piling up 16 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds and five steals against Cleveland in the second round of the Summer League tournament.
Ball was hot as the Vegas weather in Los Angeles' semifinals win over Dallas, tallying 14 points and 10 assists in one half before suffering a mild right-calf strain in the third quarter, which also kept him from playing in the Summer League championship game.
Nonetheless, a panel of media members had seen enough from the second-overall pick, who was voted the first Summer League MVP in franchise history.
Kuzma Named to Second Team
One month after being drafted 27th overall, Kyle Kuzma played like a lottery pick in his first taste of NBA basketball.
The power forward was too quick in transition for opposing bigs and too accurate on his 3-point shot in the half-court. His scoring blend gave him the fifth-most points in Las Vegas (20.5) and Second Team All-Summer League honors.
Kuzma made his presence felt early on by dropping 31 points in a loss to the Celtics. However, his buckets started translating into wins come tournament time.
He scored 20-plus points in three straight games heading into the Summer League championship, including a game-high 24 in the semifinals versus Dallas.
While he was unafraid to let shots fly, Kuzma remained efficient with his looks, hitting 48.4 percent from the field and 18-of-40 on 3-pointers.