Svi Mykhailiuk Puts on 47-Point Show for South Bay Lakers

By Joey Ramirez | December 30, 2018

Fans who tuned in for summer league know that Lakers rookie Svi Mykhailiuk is capable of filling the bucket in a hurry.

But he took it to another level on assignment with the South Bay Lakers on Saturday, erupting for 47 points — tied for most in the G League this season — on a scintillating 16-of-23 clip from the field.

A deadly shooter from deep, Mykhailiuk started his work with an early 3-pointer. He spent much of the night showcasing his ball handling, beginning with a pair of between-the-legs crossovers into a pull-up triple.

“The one thing I can do really well is shoot the ball,” Mykhailiuk said after the win over Northern Arizona. “So that’s how people use me, and that’s one of my deadliest weapons.”

The sharpshooter got himself into a rhythm, hitting 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

This is nothing new for Mykhailiuk, who has shot 15-of-29 on treys in three G League games this season, plus 37.0 percent in the NBA. .

Svi was also great on fast-breaks against Northern Arizona, hitting four shots in transition. This is an area where he has made progress in the G League (8-of-11) and needs work for the NBA (2-of-11).

The Ukrainian certainly showed his potential in this area, particularly on a 30-foot catapult after stopping on a dime.

And while shooting is Myhailiuk’s greatest strength, he was even more impressive attacking inside against the Suns.

The 21-year-old hit 10-of-12 in the restricted area, including when he faked like he was setting up for a corner 3 before receiving a handoff and attacking off the drive.

Finishing is another area where Svi’s G League minutes can help him improve for his NBA games, as he has shot just 5-of-12 in the restricted area with the L.A. Lakers.

But Svi was extra aggressive for South Bay, resulting in his 10 buckets at the rim, plus a 10-of-11 mark at the foul line.

That ability to draw free throws stood out to South Bay head coach Coby Karl.

“That’s a skill that is highly-touted and something that can really help your team,” Karl said. “He attacked the rim, got to the free throw line, and obviously [with] his talent he can shoot the ball and score the ball.”

While Svi’s handles were on display all game long, he also was able to get to the rim off the ball.

He hit five shots off cuts to the rim — a skill that would be especially beneficial for a shooter in the NBA. Just look at Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson — two marksmen who also lead all guards in scoring on cuts.

Svi showed good feel for when to dart into the paint, and South Bay also set him up for a dunk by having him come off a Moe Wagner screen and rise up for an alley-oop.

It was an all-around impressive night for the young Laker, who scored inside and outside, reaching double digits in three quarters, including a 17-point third.

And while L.A. Lakers coach Luke Walton, who was in attendance, was less than impressed with Northern Arizona’s defense, he did appreciate how Mykhailiuk — who has averaged 32.3 points in his first three G League games — took advantage.

“It wasn’t a lot of defense being played,” Walton laughed. “He had a lot of open layups, open shots. … But he had a big night.”