Lakers News: LA G-League Standout Leads Way For Las Vegas Win Over Clippers – All Lakers

It’s never too early to start buzzing about Lakers-Clippers games, and ESPN happily agreed Tuesday night by airing the game in prime time for the West Coast. The Lakers would have beaten the Clippers 83-72 to earn their first Las Vegas Summer League victory.

It’s common to sprinkle sizable minutes on the roster, rather than in the NBA where only eight or nine players log significant playing time. But even with 11 players getting playing time, South Bay Lakers standout Mason Jones shone the brightest on Tuesday night.

Jones recorded a double-double – 15 points and 10 rebounds. He had the highest plus-minus box on the team (+19) and went 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.

The former Arkansas Razorback had a big game, but it was Lakers 2022 second-round pick Max Christie who pulled off the biggest hit.

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Max Christie hit a three-pointer with less than two minutes left to give the Lakers a 79-72 lead.

Last season, Jones appeared in four games for the Lakers and averaged 6.8 points per game.

Jones averaged 17.8 points per game in 12 games for the South Bay Lakers and posted a 49.6% field goal percentage.

During his exit interview for the Lakers, Jones mentioned how he wants to be the next Alex Caruso.

“It’s big because it’s crazy, I feel like me and Alex Caruso are on the same path. He was one of the best players in the G-League before the year he acquired that one year experience with parent [team] and the growth he’s had in the G League has really helped him with the Lakers and now the Bulls.

The guard is nowhere near the Lakers roster at the moment, but if he can continue to rack up quality performances in Las Vegas, he could gain consideration.

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