Last July, Josh Hart was part of the young Laker core that won the Las Vegas Summer League.
The rest of that core — Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, etc. — stayed home from Vegas this year, but the Lakers asked Hart back to put him in a new role, that of scorer and leader. He’s thriving, averaging 23.3 points per game coming into Thursday night and looking like a guy who had steady run against NBA players all season.
Thursday night Hart dropped 20 more points and grabbed six boards in the Lakers win over the Clippers. The Lakers again look like Summer League contenders (whatever that is worth) and if they get there Hart could be your Summer League MVP.