Lonzo Ball had far and away his best game of Summer League Wednesday night, putting up a stat line of 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals in a Lakers win against the Sixers.
Aside from the shoes, Ball really did play a brilliant game. He scored all of his 36 points in the final three quarters. He started the game dishing out assists to all of his teammates, finishing with six assists after the first quarter.
Ball had a three-point play that put the Lakers up one with 5.9 seconds left. The Sixers would score again, giving the Lakers one last chance to put the game away. Ivica Zubac was fouled on the inbounds pass and hit both free throws to win the game.
Rose feels like empty calories at this point. With the right coach and teammates, he could turn into a top-drawer back-up point guard. You just wonder if he’s ready to follow that path or if he still believes he can still be an all-star (which he cannot). Seeing what market develops for him this summer should be fascinating.
Collison has actually been solid for the Kings over the last couple of years, and he’s quite a shooter. There’s a strong possibility Sacramento will re-sign him to help bring De’Aaron Fox along, but he could end up as a back-up somewhere for $10-12 million per season.
Shan Livingston and the Warriors agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal that begins to keep the Warriors bench in place. Livingston doesn’t put up numbers, shoot threes, or set up his teammates too much. But he’s a fierce defender, a high-character teammate, and the post-up god of point guards. Livingston probably could have taken a bigger payday elsewhere but winning with the Warriors was more important.