Lonzo Ball won NBA Summer League Most Valuable Player last year after a superb showing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the tournament. It seems that his teammate will make it back-to-back preseason MVPs for the Purple and Gold.
Sophomore guard Josh Hart, the 30th pick in the 2017 draft class, has been torching every defender he has faced, as well as taking on the toughest assignments (Furkan Korkmaz, Kevin Knox) this summer. He was part of the roster last year but got injured and only played twice, as second fiddle to Lonzo and Kyle Kuzma.
This time, Hart is the alpha dog, and he is poised to lead the Lake Show to a second-straight Las Vegas SL championship. He is averaging 24.2 points in six games, and his best outing came against lottery rookie Collin Sexton and the Cleveland Cavaliers: 37 points and nine rebounds to advance to the final round.
The former Villanova college star was projected to be a solid role player in the pros and so far, he has shown the ability to take over a game and has been more than holding his own defensively. If the Lakers should challenge the West, Hart is going to play a big role in their rotation.
There's no doubt that he should be the Summer League MVP.