Best Player – (Tie) Lester Hudson and Elias Harris – In what turned into an offensive battle, both Elias Harris and Lester Hudson played huge roles in the loss. Harris, who scored 17 points, had his highest scoring output of his Summer League. Harris isn’t the best outside shooter, so it was nice to see him hit some step-back jumpers and threes (2-5 from downtown). To go along with his 17 points, Harris added two steals and two rebounds. Lester Hudson had a nice shooting game as well; he shot 6-11 — 3-6 from three — for 18 points. Hudson’s whole game is based around his scoring, but tonight he did a little bit of everything. Besides his 18 points, Hudson grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists, and had four steals. It was a solid all-around game for Hudson.
Biggest Surprise — Travis Hyman – While Hyman is not going to be an offensive game-changer, he can alter the game on the defensive end, which he showed off tonight. In just over 14 minutes, Hyman blocked five — yes five — shots and had two steals. His presence down low forced a lot of missed shots in the paint. Hyman also had five rebounds to add to his five blocked shots and two steals.
Biggest Disappointment — Michael Snaer – There was a lot of talk that Snaer could possibly get a camp invite, but it doesn’t look that way anymore. In his 16 minutes of play, Snaer didn’t score a single point, and only took three shots. The rookie of out Florida State only recorded one rebound, while coughing up the ball twice. I had high expectations for Snaer, so I’m very disappointed in how he played tonight.
Overall Takeaway — Team effort – This was the theme all throughout Summer League for the Lakers, and tonight was no different. Of the nine players who got minutes, four scored double digits. The Lakers also assisted on 11 of the 27 baskets. Although the Lakers gave up 83 points, they held the Warriors to just 5-17 from beyond the three point line.
The tournament could have ended better for the Lakers, but it was fun to see a competitive team play in Summer League for once. I am excited to see which of the players get camp invites, and even more excited to watch if any of the players will make the team.