Few outside of NBA G League circles had heard of Alex Caruso before his stint with the Lakers’ Summer League team. But he made the most of his time in Las Vegas, leaving with the organization’s first two-way contract.
Caruso was quiet in his first two games, but stepped up when eventual Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball was sidelined with groin soreness against Sacramento. Caruso took Ball’s starting spot and proceeded to fill the stat sheet.
By the time the night was over, Caruso had put up 18 points (7-of-9), nine assists, four rebounds, four steals and four 3-pointers while leading the team to its first win in three games at Summer League.
Afterward, his phone wouldn’t stop buzzing from the volume of Instagram notifications he was getting.
“I know that I can play basketball,” Caruso said. “I believe in myself. Once I just started making shots early, I knew it was gonna be a good night.”
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Shortly after, he inked the Lakers’ first-ever two-way contract, setting himself up for a year of shuttling between the Los Angeles NBA club and the South Bay NBA G League team.
The 6-foot-5, 181-pound point guard was steady all event long, averaging 7.4 points and 3.9 assists with 43.2 percent shooting from the field.
But he had another fiery performance left, as he once again rose to the occasion when Ball had to sit out the championship game due to a mild calf strain.
Caruso put up 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help vanquish Portland and guide the Lakers to their first summer title.