Lonzo Ball has led his Lakers’ squad to the summer league finals, but some calf tightness may force him to sit out. So far, summer league has given a good picture of the player that Lonzo will be, and frankly, it’s a spectacular picture. Despite his inconsistent shooting in summer league, Lonzo consistently was able to help his team win, and that type of mentality will serve him well as the leader of the Lakers.
Throughout his time in summer league, Lonzo has averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, a block, and 2.8 steals per game. The scoring isn’t the most efficient, but it improved significantly after his first game. Clearly Lonzo has the tools to be an absolute force in the league, and his basketball IQ certainly helps him to be a fantastic teammate.
In the summer league semi-final, Lonzo outplayed Dennis Smith, the talented lottery pick of the Dallas Mavericks. Lonzo also managed to put up two triple-doubles during his five games in summer league. Kyle Kuzma has been a massive beneficiary of Ball’s unselfish play, and it makes one wonder how good he will make his pro teammates. Newly acquired Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will certainly become a major threat, along with Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Brook Lopez.