The Los Angeles Lakers have looking for veteran backcourt help in free agency, but after striking out on George Hill and Dion Waiters, they are looking elsewhere. It is a rebuilding time, and if fans listen to Ball's hype man, Lonzo's father, the second coming of the basketball messiah is here, in his son. In the loss, Ingram totaled 26 points, three assists, three steals, and three blocks.
Let's take a closer look at the performances of the four rookies.
Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers selected homegrown product Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft, fans have been waiting for this moment. He shot mainly from three-point land, but failed to make any of his attempts. Johnson claims that Ball, when the Lakers came to visit his house, admitted the braggadocio is just marketing for his new brand - Big Baller Brand.
Ball's night was full of highlights, diming his teammates on countless occasions.
"I've always said, 'Get them out of their chairs on the first play, '" LaVar said.
Fellow top-five picks Josh Jackson and De'Aaron Fox had much better starts to their careers in the nightcap of the six-game slate on the campus of UNLV. He had a great game and I loved his leadership out there and loved what he did for us.
My suggestion to Ball for his next game would be to lose the shoes. Lakers second-year guard David Nwaba added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds.
Johnson shot Ingram a look. One play he's posting up a smaller defender.
Tatum's strength also works in his favor on the glass. Nonetheless, the Lakers considered it likely Ingram will train and practice with the team during the rest of summer league.
The Lakers play the Boston Celtics at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack.
In three years at Utah, Kuzma was never exactly a stretch-4.
In the third quarter, Lonzo drilled his only 3-pointer and LaVar shouted his approval.
Last year, Ingram struggled on the defensive end, as evidenced by the fact that Los Angeles was 4.1 points better per 100 possessions defensively when he was off the floor. If Kuzma's accuracy persists, he could provide a useful complement to their skill sets. "He scored a little bit more".