The Los Angeles Lakers summer league team was largely a disappointment.
While wins and losses in the summer league are of little importance, it is still embarrassing to lose by 50 to the Miami Heat and by 40 to the (gulp!) Golden State Warriors.
Perhaps the biggest bright spot from the 2012 summer league for the Lakers was the play of Darius Morris.
The Good From Darius Morris' 2012 Summer League Play
Second-year player Darius Morris started all five of the Lakers summer league games and averaged the following stats:
28.6 MPG, 15.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 37% FG, 27% 3PT, 80% FT
Morris led the Lakers in total points, total assists, and finished an impressive third in total rebounds, showcasing his all-around game.
Daruis Morris also delivered the most impressive game of any Laker this summer. In a July 17th 92-81 Lakers loss to the San Antonio Spurs Morris went a perfect 9-9 from the floor and finished the game with 24 points and four assists.
The Bad From Darius Morris' 2012 Summer League Play
Despite the solid stats, Darius Morris continued to struggle with his shot. Even with the 9-9 FG game against the Spurs he still only shot 37% for the summer.
Through the Lakers first three summer league games Morris shot a miserable 12-43 (28%), including a 4-17 stinker against the Heat.
His shooting from the 3-point line was also concerning, going just 4-15 (27%) over the course of the Lakers' five-game summer schedule.
Darius Morris' Fit With the Lakers
After being drafted by the Lakers in the second round in 2011 Darius Morris spent most of his rookie season on the bench. Last year he appeared in 19 games and averaged the following:
8.9 MPG, 2.4 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 43% FG, 44% 3PT, 67% FT
Most of Daruis Morris' playing time as a rookie came in games in which he played just a minute or two in blowouts, but there were two games when he played more than 20 minutes and was able to get into his rhythm.
In a January 14th regular season loss to the Clippers, Morris played 23 minutes and scored seven points (2-3 FG) and handed out four assists.
In the Lakers' last regular season game of the year against the San Antonio Spurs he played 21 minutes and scored nine points (4-10 FG), grabbed three rebounds, and handed out five assists.
While Darius Morris struggled with his shot in the 2012 summer league, the overall play in the summer is usually sloppy and I am not hitting the panic button.
Morris was the Lakers' best player this summer, a welcome sign as he competes with the underwhelming Steve Blake for minutes in the upcoming 2012-2013 season.
Andrew Sweat is a die-hard Lakers fan. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check these out articles:
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