Lakers' Hart named summer league MVP

Annette Crawford
July 19, 2018

After averaging a solid 7.9 points in roughly 23.2 minutes a game while knocking down nearly 40 percent of his 3-point shots as a rookie, Hart has absolutely exploded onto the national scene in his second summer as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn't mean much, but for a Lakers' roster that looks devoid of perimeter shooting, Hart could be the answer.

With Tuesday's win, the Blazers joined the 2013 Golden State Warriors and 2016 Chicago Bulls as the only teams to finish Las Vegas Summer League play undefeated. Fellow second-year players Kyle Kuzma and Ball did not participate in the league. The only other players to really watch on the team were rookies Moritz Wagner and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

Both rookies have performed nicely in their first dose of National Basketball Association action and have given the fans and coaching staff some great takeaways.

The NBA Summer League is an 82-game, 12-day event showcasing all 30 NBA teams for the first time.

Averaging an impressive 24.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game, Hart has looked like a man among boys while playing under coach Miles Simon and is quickly carving out a place in Lakers fans' hearts with each 30-plus point performance this summer. He dropped 37 on the Cavaliers and Collin Sexton in the semi-finals.

The Villanova product, who shot almost 40 percent from 3 in his rookie season, has dominated the Summer League. Thus, here are the three most likely effects of Hart's great summer.

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