Silver Screen and Roll had the opportunity to cover the Los Angeles Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League team for the third straight summer, and it just so happened to be the most talented group of players yet. The results didn't show it -- the team only won a single game -- but there's no denying the potential of D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and the rest of the group.
It was easy to get a sense of each player's mindset after meeting with them so many times in such an intimate setting. Russell's maturity shines through every time he has a microphone in front of his face, and he maintained perspective on the drastic adjustment period he was just beginning. Randle was more brooding, frustrated he could only play in five-minute stretches that made it difficult to find his rhythm. It's clear he wanted to be on the floor to prove himself, but he always came back to understanding it was all a part of his recovery process. Clarkson stood out as the most-ready player, and was much more confident and comfortable with the media surrounding him this time in Las Vegas.
If you missed any of our Summer League coverage, here's a quick list of everything we published covering this year in Vegas.
Game 1 - vs. Timberwolves
Recap: Stars are out in Towns, Russel duel but Lakers can't open Vegas play with a win
D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson begin their journey together
Julius Randle's return not perfect, but a great first step
Game 2 - vs. 76ers
Recap: Nance's putback show sinks 76ers
It was raining praise on Larry Nance Jr. in Las Vegas
Game 3 - vs Knicks
Recap: Summer Knicks and the Zinger handle the Lakers
The ups and downs of Robert Upshaw during Summer League
D'Angelo Russell needs time to adjust to the NBA
Game 4 - vs. Mavericks
Recap: Randle shows improvement but Lakers fall short
Julius Randle finally found his summer groove
Game 5 - vs. Jazz
Recap: Russell heats up late but can't mute the Jazz
Final observations on the Lakers' Summer League squad
Watch D'Angelo Russell heat up and drop 21 points to end exhibition play on a high note