Lakers' Josh Hart named 2018 Summer League MVP

NBA.com Global on Jul 18, 2018 08:44 AM
Lakers' Josh Hart named 2018 Summer League MVP
Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings' Allerek Freeman, left, and Devin Williams, right, during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 98-93. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

NBA press release

LAS VEGAS – The Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart today was named Most Valuable Player of MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018. The 6'5" guard also headlines the All-NBA Summer League Teams.

MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, an 82-game, 12-day event showcasing all 30 NBA teams for the first time, culminates tonight when the top-seeded Lakers face the second-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the Championship Game at 10:00 p.m. ET (10:00am, PHL time). The meeting is a rematch of last summer’s Championship Game, which was won by the Lakers.

In this year’s competition, Hart is averaging an NBA Summer League-leading 24.2 points (on 47.1 percent shooting from the field), 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in six games. He scored 27 points and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Lakers’ 109-92 victory over the New York Knicks on July 10 (July 11, PHL time). In the tournament semifinals on July 16 (July 17, PHL time), Hart recorded 37 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lakers past the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-109 in double overtime.

Joining Hart on the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League First Team are Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr., Knicks forward Kevin Knox, Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and Milwaukee Bucks center Christian Wood.

The All-NBA Summer League Second Team is composed of Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, Trail Blazers guard Wade Baldwin IV, Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr., Lakers forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young.

A media panel selected Hart as MVP and voted for the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Teams.

MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League First Team

- Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago)
- Josh Hart (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Kevin Knox (New York)
- Collin Sexton (Cleveland)
- Christian Wood (Milwaukee)

MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team

- Deandre Ayton (Phoenix)
- Wade Baldwin IV (Portland)
- Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis)
- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Trae Young (Atlanta)

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