With their lone first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Moritz Wagner, sidelined for Thursday’s action, the Lakers ran everything through their wings, Josh Hart and Svi Mykhailiuk. Hart and Mykhailiuk combined for 35 points on 12-of-23 shooting, including 3-of-9 shooting from behind the arc.
Hart, who led the Lakers in scoring for the fourth consecutive game, is continuing to make a strong case for Summer League MVP, an award his teammate Lonzo Ball won this time last year. Following Thursday’s game, Hart is the No. 2 leading scorer in Las Vegas only trailing second-year forward John Collins, who was drafted 11 spots ahead of Hart.
If Hart carries his strong play into training camp, head coach Luke Walton might have to give a little extra thought into who starts at shooting guard next season. There’s still a gap between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Hart, but it’s getting smaller every game.
Mykhailiuk can also force his way into Walton’s rotation if his shooting holds up against NBA defenders. Four games into summer league, there’s no reason to believe it won’t.
The Lakers will find out who their next opponent is following the conclusion of the Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons game on Saturday. The Lakers beat the Bulls 69-60 in exhibition play last Sunday, but they had a healthy Wagner to help contain Wendell Carter Jr.
If it’s the Pistons they’re facing, the level of competition could be similar to what they saw Thursday evening. Regardless, it won’t be a game you want to miss.
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