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Grading the Lakers and Clippers Summer League players – Los Angeles Times

If you had the chance to walk through the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday evening, you certainly would have caught the vibe. The nearly sold out arena was buzzing in anticipation of rookie Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles LakersNBA Summer League debut, creating an atmosphere more fitting for an opening round playoff game than a midsummer exhibition.

The Laker faithful erupted into cheers at the first sight of Ball coming out of the tunnel. They took selfies with his father, LaVar Ball, as he made more bold proclamations. And they even boo’ed former Laker D’Angelo Russell when the arena camera showed his face on the big screen.

Though the 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers marked the beginning of what many hope is an illustrious career for Ball, the matchup was an opportunity for California basketball fans to get a glimpse of what the future may hold for two franchises currently undergoing massive overhauls.

With players like Brice Johnson trying to carve out spots in the Clippers’ rotation, and Lakers rookies Thomas Bryant and Kyle Kuzma looking to prove they belong in the league, we graded how some of both teams’ prospects did on Friday night.

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