Los Angeles Lakers first-round lottery pick Lonzo Ball was named Summer League MVP last night before the championship game. While he sat out the game as a precaution due to a calf injury, his Lakers went on to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-98. Lavar will likely declare Lonzo will now win more MVPs than LeBron, but what can history tell us, if anything, about how past Summer League MVPs have fared?

Lonzo Ball's MVP performance

In six games of Las Vegas Summer League play Lonzo Ball averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1 block per game. He played 32.5 minutes per game while shooting 38.2 percent from the field, 23.8 percent on three-pointers and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Ball's 9.3 assists lead the league and he was the first player in the history of the event (since 2004) to average more than 8 assists per game.

He had four games with 10 or more assists and also had two triple-doubles. He is the first rookie to have 10 or more assists in a Summer League game and was also the first to have a triple-double. In addition to winning MVP honors, the young Los Angeles Laker was also elected to the Summer League first team.

Past Summer League MVP Winners

By winning Las Vegas Summer League MVP, Lonzo Ball became only the third player picked in the top-two to win the award. The others were John Wall in 2009 and Blake Griffin in 2010. Apart from Wall and Griffin, he also joined Randy Foye (2006), Jerryd Bayless (2008) and Damian Lillard (2012-tie) as the only players to win the award during the season they were drafted.

Other winners of the award since it was given out are Nate Robinson (2007), Josh Shelby (2012-tie), Jonas Valanciunas (2013), Glen Rice (2014), Kyle Anderson (2015) and Tyrus Jones (2016).

What does this mean for Lonzo's future?

Between the past eleven Las Vegas Summer League MVP winners, they have a total award count of 4 All-Rookie 1st-Team, 1 All-Rookie 2nd-Team, 2 Rookie of the Year, 1 All-Defensive 2nd-Team, 11 All-Star games, 4 All-NBA 2nd-Team and 3 All-NBA 3rd-Team appearances.

Since Lonzo Ball is one of only three top-two picks to win the MVP, history's small sample size would suggest that he should be at least a good player, making some All-Star games at least.

However, for every Wall or Lillard, there has been a Shelby or Rice. In the end, it is impossible to project how great or awful of a player Ball could be based on a handful of scrimmage games against fellow rookies and fringe players.

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