Lakers’ Josh Hart wins 2018 Las Vegas Summer League MVP award

NBA: Summer League-Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks
Jul 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) questions a non-call toward a referee during the first half against the New York Knicks at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas has been kind to the Los Angeles Lakers the last two years. After a second straight appearance in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game, the Lakers also have a second MVP of the tournament as Josh Hart was given the award after a stellar second campaign.

Hart has been on a tear in his second appearance in Las Vegas, averaging 24.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Hart is shooting 47 percent from the field and has hit 40 percent of his 8.8 three-point attempts per game.

The sophomore guard was expected to only play two games across Summer League (including the California Classic in Sacramento) but a strong showing and his insistence to continue competing in the tournament has forced the Lakers into giving him more playing time.

Hart follows fellow 2017 draftee Lonzo Ball as the MVP of LVSL after the UCLA product won it before his rookie season.

Hart is expected to be a major contributor to the Lakers this year after an effective, albeit overlooked, rookie season that saw him average 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

The Lakers are undefeated in Las Vegas and will play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday in the championship game. It is a repeat of last year’s final that saw the Lakers win behind Kyle Kuzma’s performance.

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