Last week, the Lakers concluded their NBA Summer League play with a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. A lot of players stood out significantly and deserve not only a camp invite, but also a chance to play on the main roster when they are ready. After re-watching their games and analyzing my rankings.
4) Jay Huff
Despite not playing in many games owing to health and safety protocols, Huff demonstrated in the games he did play that he has been working hard on his game throughout his time with their G-league team, the South Bay Lakers. The former Virginia big man showed off his ability to spread the floor by hitting three-pointers, attacking the rim, and blocking shots.
With him already on the roster, he deserves a few call-ups as the season progresses, whether it’s due to an injury at the center position or simply to give the young player some playing time.
3) Max Christie
The Lakers’ second-round draft pick this year Christie came into his own during his summer league season. He showcased great defense and that he’s not afraid to shoot when open. While his three-pointers and mid-range shots will take some time to fall, it is only a matter of time. Because he is only 19 years old, he has all the time in the world to develop his game to the NBA level. With a great coaching staff and teammates surrounding him, the sky is the limit for the former Spartan.
Simply put, Christie will be an important part of the Lakers’ future in the post-LeBron era, along with a few of his summer league teammates.
2) Scottie Pippen Jr
With that last name, he doesn’t need an introduction. The son of the former Chicago Bulls star set the summer league on fire, scoring for himself, creating for others, and pick-pocketing his opponent for a steal. He had no fear, as he often took over games in order to earn that W for his team.
While he did join the organization as an undrafted free agent, let’s hope he receives more than just a camp invite and a two-way deal. The Lakers’ coaching staff may have another hidden talent on their hands, which might be crucial in winning a championship in the future.
1) Cole Swider
The draft’s self-proclaimed best shooter stood up to his billing, knocking down huge shot after huge shot, regardless of who was in front of him. He scored 21 points and made five three-pointers in the Lakers’ victory over the Pelicans. Defenders must not have read the scouting report because they kept leaving him wide open. And he punished them.
He had another outstanding showing, which begs the question of how an outstanding shooter like Swider did not have his name called on draft night. For whatever reason, he didn’t, and the Lakers were ready to snatch him up. Now front offices across the league will have to pay for it.
The Lakers even granted him a two-year, two-way contract, demonstrating that they not only believe in him, but also have huge ambitions for him. One thing is certain: the core of Pippen, Christie, and Swider will be terrific for the purple and gold’s future.