Ahead of Tuesday’s Summer League championship game, the NBA announced the Most Valuable Player and two five-man All-NBA Summer League Teams, highlighted by MVP and First Team selection Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers. Atlanta’s Trae Young filled the final spot on the Second Team, marking the second straight year a Hawk has appeared on the Second Team after John Collins in 2017. It should be noted that only performances from Las Vegas were considered in the voting, which surely helped Young get his name on the list.
Young bounced back from a poor showing in Utah with 17 points and 6.8 assists in his four games in Las Vegas, wowing spectators with his vision and passing in addition to his trademark deep three-pointers.
Fellow top five picks Deandre Ayton and Jaren Jackson Jr. were also named to the Second Team, with Marvin Bagley missing out and Luka Doncic not appearing in the tournament. Portland’s Wade Baldwin IV and the Lakers’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk rounded out the Second Team.
The First Team had three rookies drafted in the second half of the top ten to go with Hart and Milwaukee’s Christian Wood. Chicago’s Wendell Carter Jr., New York’s Kevin Knox, and Cleveland’s Collin Sexton beat out their higher-drafted counterparts to earn First Team honors.
Collins, had he played throughout the remainder of Summer League, would have almost certainly be in strong consideration to make the First Team, but the Hawks elected to shut him down after just two games in the desert. He averaged 24 points and 8.5 rebounds in those two games.