Both the Los Angeles Lakers (6-0) and Portland Trail Blazers (6-0) enter Tuesday night's Summer League championship (10 PM ET, NBATV Canada) without a blemish on their record. The final team standing will leave Vegas with the distinction of being Summer League champions and having a spotless record.
Los Angeles seeks its second-consecutive Summer League title after defeating Portland in the 2017 championship game. While the Lakers won last season, this is not quite a title defense in the traditional sense - only two players (Alex Caruso and Josh Hart) from last year's team are playing this summer.
Hart has led the way for LA, averaging a league-high 24.2 points to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals through six games in Vegas. In the Lakers' 112-109 double overtime semifinal win over the Cavs, the second-year guard put up 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Hart is likely a lock for Summer League MVP regardless of the outcome of the championship game.
At 17.7 points per game, Svi Mykhailiuk is the Lakers' second-leading scorer through six games in Las Vegas. Mykhailiuk, the No. 47 pick in this year's draft, has looked like a steal in this Summer League action. The 6-foot-8 guard is shooting at a 51.0 percent clip from the field and 42.9 percent from deep while attempting seven 3-pointers per game. Mykhailiuk finished with 31 points in Monday's win over Cleveland and is a serious candidate for championship game MVP.
With just three players (Zach Collins, Jake Layman and Caleb Swanigan) from last summer's roster playing this year, Portland isn't necessarily avenging last year's title loss to Los Angeles. Instead, the Trail Blazers look to use a balanced attack to deliver the Lakers their first loss of the summer.
Portland has had a different leading scorer in each of its six games in Las Vegas and seven different Trail Blazers have eclipsed the 20-point mark during the team's summer schedule. Layman leads all scorers with 14.0 points per game, while Wade Baldwin IV is averaging 13.3 points and 7.7 assists per game, a number that is good for second in the league. Baldwin's playmaking ability makes him the most likely candidate to deliver an MVP-worthy performance for the Trail Blazers in the championship game.