It’s impossible to predict how good the Los Angeles Lakers will be next season given that they could trade for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George any second now, but their roster for Las Vegas Summer League appears to be absolutely stacked.
We already knew that Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac were planning to “dominate” their second summer league appearances, and that mid-season call-up David Nwaba also planned to be there, but with the conclusion of the 2017 NBA Draft the rest of the roster is starting to come into focus.
During an appearance on ESPN 710’s “Mason and Ireland,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka revealed that all four of the players the Lakers selected would suit up for the team in Las Vegas, meaning that Lakers fans will get their first looks at what Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Thomas Bryant bring to the table during the summer exhibition.
That roster looks absolutely stacked by summer league standards, but Pelinka implied that Ingram may not be suiting up for the whole series of games:
Pelinka said Ingram will play "a handful of games" at Summer League.— Jacob Rude (@JacobRude) June 23, 2017
How many games are in “a handful” is anyone’s guess, but the fact that Pelinka gave an amount instead of just saying Ingram would be there does seem to reveal he won’t be playing in all of the games.
Such treatment is standard for sophomore lottery picks in summer league, if they even play at all, so this is nothing to worry about. All it means is that fans hoping to get a preview of the Lakers’ full young core should go to the games early in the week, rather than the later ones.
The Lakers summer league schedule can be found here.