Lonzo Ball is on pace to take home summer league MVP honors — if such existed.
Ball was the first player to ever record a triple-double in Las Vegas Summer League history. And now he has performed the feat twice in four days.
Lonzo Ball tallied 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-83.
Ball has had a mixed display in games this summer league event. His first game saw him at his worse in shooting, going 1-11 from the three-point area. The Lakers third game against the Celtics, he recorded his first career triple-double. The next game his shot failed him again as he missed eight of his 10 3-point attempts and was 6-of-20 from the field. He did record 12 assists that game. In a bounce back game, he scored 36 points with 11 assists in a Lakers’ win Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ball’s recent success is attributed to hard work. And his team converting shot attempts.
Lakers summer league head coach Buechler said “He’s just incredible at getting that ball and pushing it. We want him to set the pace for our team, set the pace for the game. Get out, run for layups, get easy baskets.”
And it seems Lonzo Ball is doing just that – pushing the ball.
No player has ever averaged a triple double in summer league play and Lonzo Ball is close to being the first in NBA history.
Ball is averaging 17.0 points, 9.8 assists and 8.3 rebounds in summer league play.