2023 Lakers summer league player grades: Maxwell Lewis

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The 2023 NBA Summer League is now in the books, and it gave a number of players the opportunity to flash their potential and possibly earn a spot in the big leagues.

The Los Angeles Lakers had a mix of can’t-miss players, prospects that are looking to get some playing time with their big league squad and those who are fighting for a spot somewhere in the league.

Forward Maxwell Lewis was the No. 40 pick in June’s draft by the Lakers, and he appears to have some serious potential as a 3-and-D wing. Shortly after summer league play began, they moved quickly to sign him to a three-year contract.

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Lewis was very quiet for most of summer league

At 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds, Lewis, who played his college ball at Pepperdine University, is a strong athletic specimen. He has a seven-foot wingspan and a 36.5-inch vertical leap, and he showed some potential to be a knockdown 3-point shooter while also attacking close-outs in college.

However, for most of summer league play, he was very quiet and even passive. All too often, he merely stood in the corner near the 3-point line rather than moving around and looking for opportunities to get open.

But there were times when he flashed his potential. He shot 5-of-9 while making both of his 3-point attempts and scored 12 points in 20 minutes on July 9 versus the Charlotte Hornets, and he also provided some exciting highlight dunks.

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At this point, it’s hard to imagine Lewis getting anything more than a bit of playing time in garbage time this coming season. An extended stretch in the G League may be what he needs, much like how Max Christie spent time there this past season.

But there is no doubt Lewis is a beautiful wet ball of clay just waiting to be molded into a piece of art.

Final Grade: C-minus

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire

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