The circus has left town — at least the one featuring bouncing basketballs. The NBA Summer League is through in Las Vegas and now we wait for training camps. Here are the big takeaways from what went down in Sin City:
Star of the show: Lonzo Ball
Maybe it’s his passing skill, his charisma, the fact he plays for the Lakers … or his megaphone-for-a-mouth father. Whatever the case, Ball was a sensation in the Vegas Summer League. After a rocky first game and missing a showdown game vs. De’Aaron Fox , Ball’s performance drew mixed reviews among scouts. But he rebounded from the injury (rare in summer league; teams often shut down players with minor injuries) and dropped 36 points and 11 assists in a 103-102 win over the Sixers, then a triple-double (16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds) in a 94-83 win over Cleveland.