By Christian Rivas
When second-year players participate in Summer League, it’s usually because they’re still a year or two away from contributing meaningful minutes to their teams. That isn’t the case for Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hart appeared in 63 games for the Lakers, 23 of which he started. As a starter, the 23-year-old averaged 13.3 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal per game. Not bad for the No. 30 pick in the draft.
However, despite his success in his limited role last season, Hart wasn’t going to settle into his role as a “3-and-D” role off the bench. Over the summer, Hart tightened up his handle and tweaked his three-point shot so it’s one smooth motion, and the results have been stellar so far.
Through four games at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Hart is second among all scorers, averaging 22.5 points per game while hitting 42 percent of his three-point attempts. Hart shot a respectable 39.6 percent from behind the arc in his rookie season but while averaging just 3.1 attempts per game. In Vegas, Hart is averaging 8 attempts per...