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2018 NBA Summer League: Josh Hart, Trae Young Standout

LAS VEGAS – The 2018 NBA Summer League is official and merciful in the books after the Blazers struck the Lakers out of the title game on Tuesday night. Earlier on Tuesday, the NBA had announced the annual Summer League MVP and All-Summer League First and Second teams. They were as follows:

Summer League MVP : Josh Hart (Lakers)

All-Summer League First Team : Hart, Collin Sexton (Cavaliers), Kevin Knox (Knicks), Wendell Carter Jr. (Bulls), Christian Wood (Bucks)

Alll-Summer League Second Team : Trae Young (Falcons), Wade Baldwin IV (Blazers), Deandre Ayton (Suns), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies), Svi Mykhailiuk (Lakers)

This is how The Crossover has awarded its official ballot for this year's Summer League Awards. Criteria for the selection were individual statistics, team success and age (beginners received bonus points). Note: Each team consisted of two Backcourt players and three Frontcourt players, and players had to appear in at least three games to be considered by that voter.

  2018 Summer League - Las Vegas - Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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Summer League MVP: Josh Hart (Lakers)

Harts Week ended with a whimper and some frustration: he only shot 3-12 in the title game and was thrown out in the middle of the fourth quarter for arguing. This forgivable conclusion has hardly affected an extraordinary tournament. The first round in 2017 was 22.4 PPG, most among players with at least three appearances when he led LA to a 6-1 record.

LA's Veteran Supplements – Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee – Arrives All With questions about their fits with LeBron James, Hart looks like an excellent plug-and-play option. In Las Vegas, the second-year guardian moved defensively well, regularly regulating the defenders from the dribble and playing hard even after it became clear that he was far superior to the competition.

Hard's biggest advantage for James is his appearance in his shoot: he scored with confidence in both dribbling and catch-and-shoot modes, and he did not have to dominate the ball to achieve significant results beyond the arc. Hart shot up almost 40% on threes as a rookie, and his volume of three-point attempts should increase sharply thanks to James' well-defined ability to create clean looks for his shooters.

All-Summer League First Team

Back Space: Hart and Trae Young (Hawks)

The top of the 2018 draft class was short on impact protection and wings, and Luka Doncic's absence in Vegas further thinned the pool. After a slow start to his summer in Utah, Young (17 PPG, 6.8 APG) back in Vegas. The fixation on his fondness for shooting ultra-deep threes misses a more important point: The Oklahoma product was easily the best backcourt playmaker of the Summer League thanks to its spatial understanding, quality timing and willingness to feed both cutter and shooter ,

Although Young was a bit of a stray shooter, he had his share in making explosions and had no problem getting up from behind the bow in several steps. It is important that the defense already earns him serious respect, excites himself and picks him up early in the transition. On the whole, Young took good care of the attention and used the threat of his shot to sideline him and make drive-and-kick shots for his teammates. Atlanta will certainly be terrible this season, but Young's multi-dimensional offensive game should bring real entertainment value from day one.

Frontcourt: Wendell Carter Jr. (Bulls), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies) & Kevin Knox (Knicks))

Carter does not have the most impressive body among the 2018 lottery pickers: Deandre Ayton stronger and Mo Bamba is much longer. Nonetheless, Chicago's # 7 showed a more complete and sophisticated game than any other rookie, regardless of position.

In attack, Carter (14.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.6 BPG) is thrifty with his touch and clever with his shot selection. At 6 "10", he's comfortable enough to put screens on the bow, jump into the room, and use pump fakes to create attacks from the elbow, even though he was not really force-fed, Carter still showed them Ability to get out of the block isolated from the block, and he even made a hard turnaround with the winding clock, defensively, he was a wrecking ball that hit shot after shot, either as a defender or as a helper over color. Carter was not dropped by the speed of the game like some of his fellow rookies, and his shot-blockade instincts surprised opponents on numerous occasions.

There's a case to make that Jackson, the Grizzlies # 4 pick , has the highest upper limit of all players in the 2018 draft. The 18-year-old forward / center already shoots three times comfortably, defensively covers tons of ground and rises high to shoot far beyond the edge To block. Despite his youth, Jackson played (11.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.8 BPG) with energy and serenity, and he looked home against opponents who were sometimes four or five years older than him. When Carter made talent estimers mumble their appreciation, Jackson licked their lips about what lay ahead.

Memphis has a lot of weight to do as veterans Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons have major contracts for injury. After years of failed designs, the Grizzlies finally seem to have a perspective that can be a real building block for the future. Jackson projects as the ideal "modern 5" with an all-star blanket thanks to its potential as a two-way impact maker. He should start sooner rather than later.

Knox (21.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG) stood out because there were not too many big-sized characters in Vegas. His physical tools appeared all week: he ran across the court in the transition, he routinely threw powerhouse dunks, and he used simple but effective dribbling drive moves to get into the center of the defense. Knox will not always enjoy such great benefits in size and length when faced with real NBA wings, but he has shown the ability to punish mismatches and opportunistically attack in Vegas.

Knox's game was a little less substantial than some of the other names on this list. After outpacing his consistent amount of Highlight Reel fares, Knox was guilty of strict shootings and inconsistency. Nevertheless, Knicks fans should be thrilled with his game because he was voted number 9. If class 2018 were redesigned today, it could sneak into the top five.

  2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - LA Clippers vs Houston Rockets

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All-Summer League Second Team

Back Space: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Clippers) & Wade Baldwin IV (Blazers)

Gilgeous-Alexander (19 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4 APG) stood apart thanks to his 6 "6" frame and long arms While the 20-year-old Canadian had more interest in downhill offensive and scoring than his team-mates this week, it did not come at the expense of his team, ending well in traffic and often twisting his body To make room for high-percentage looks around the edge.

Against this level of competition, Gilgeous-Alexander was able to force sales by pressure on the ball, and he consistently made simple and effective reads in the transition Although the Clipper With Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Austin Rivers departing, Gilgeous-Alexander is a novice looking for real minutes.

Baldwin (13.4 PPG and 7.4 APG) was nominated here as an honorary Blazers representative. Portland provided a completely stacked summer-league roster with a nine-man rotation full of current and future NBA-level players. The 22-year-old point guard washed himself out of Memphis after being selected in the first round in 2017, but he did a good job holding everyone in Vegas while earning himself middle-class and basketball credits , 19659018] Frontcourt: Deandre Ayton (Suns), Mitchell Robinson (Knicks) and Svi Mykhailiuk (Lakers)

Ayton (14.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg) scored better in Box Scores than with the eye exam. An imposing physical specimen instantly ready to hang up with the NBA centers, the top pick in 2018, lacks elite character at this point in its evolution.

Double-headed by some opponents and encouraged by others, Ayton, to shoot jumpers never looked like a dominant offensive power. Most of his points came on praise and putbacks, and he was repeatedly neutralized. While he was a willing passerby under pressure, he occasionally rushed and telegraphed his appearance, shorting his possessions. His hands around the basket also need to improve.

Defensive Ayton does not think the game fast enough. He was often slow to help, his range was lower than he should be and he did not move as effectively as Carter or Jackson. On the plus side, he was an effective defensive rebounder and easily won his head-to-head match with Bamba.

Robinson (13 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 4 BPG) was the top off-road performer this week. The 20-year-old 7 "1" center slipped to No. 36 at the Knicks after a lock had spoiled his college career .This drama was a distant memory in Vegas as he dealt with vicious blocks and high-quality pick-and-roll Although his offensive play was limited and a bit clunky, Robinson regularly put pressure on the offensive glass and ended it powerfully when given room to work in. Along with Knox, he had suffered afflicted wrinkles. Fans that made a splash throughout the showcase.

Mykhailiuk (16.6 PPG, 4 RPG) is the latest in a growing line of prolific Lotto non-lottery picks and joins Hart, Kyle and Kuzma, Larry Nance Jr. and others The Ukrainian wing is already 21 years old after spending four seasons in Kansas, he does not have the same lead as most of the other names on this list, but he was a consistent one secondary scoring option behind Hart, showing the willingness to make shots from the dribble, move without the ball and rise above a defender.

The highlight of his week came in the semifinals, when he buried six three-pointers to help the Lakers outlast the Cavaliers in double overtime. This achievement was electric enough to bring him worship among appreciative Lakers fans in the building. If LA gets close to James next season, Mykhailiuk, a 41% three-point shooter in the school, could be used as a ground clearance specialist.

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