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Lakerholicz – Josh Hart

Josh Hart

Josh Hart is an exciting young shooting guard in the NBA. After two seasons with the Lakers, many fans are wondering: Does Josh Hart still play for the Lakers? The answer is no. Josh Hart was part of a trade that has brought All-Star Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers.

Josh Hart had a successful school and college career before making the step up to the NBA. His two seasons with the Lakers showed a great amount of promise, especially in the NBA Summer League. While he still has work to do on his game, his defensive abilities and leadership on the court could see him go from strength to strength with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Hart also boasts impressive conversion rates with his three pointers. Knee issues lowered this percentage in the 2018-2019 season, as he had to adjust his action. Having undergone knee surgery, Josh Hart’s career should have a new spring to launch him into the 2019-2020 season. Joining a roster with fellow teammates Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as new draft Zion Williamson, Hart should settle quickly with the Pelicans.

While most Lakers fans will be sad to see Josh Hart in a Pelicans jersey this coming season, almost all of them will wish him success. Hart showed great character and leadership in a challenging two seasons for the LA Lakers.

Josh Hart wearing tinted sunglasses in a black suit and black bow tie with his mouth slightly opened.

Early career

Josh Hart was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on 6 March 1995. Despite having professional baseball player, Elston Howard, as a relative, Hart found his sporting passion in basketball. Josh Hart’s position ultimately being that of the shooting guard.

In high school, he attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. At Sidwell Friends School, Hart struggled with his academics and was almost expelled from the school. His heroics on the hardwood earned him a lot of goodwill. A petition from parents and fellow students helped to keep him in the school.

In his senior year at Sidwell Friends School, he averaged 24.3 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 2.8 steals. His high school performances drew a lot of praise and interest from colleges across the US. Ultimately, Josh Hart decided to go to Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Hart opted to spend four years at Villanova to focus his game. In his freshman year, he averaged 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. Despite starting slow, he still had the confidence that he could push on to a higher average.

In his sophomore year, Hart built his reputation as an ideal sixth man. He starred in the 2015 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament, and was named the most outstanding player. His sophomore average was 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

In his junior year, Hart continued to develop his game. He was instrumental in leading Villanova to their second national championship in their history. His average once again improved to 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Hart’s form prompted speculation that he might enter the 2016 NBA Draft, but he decided to stay at Villanova.

Josh Hart in a navy Villanova basketball jersey with the number 3, with his mouth slightly opened.
In Hart’s senior year, he continued to increase his points per game. While Villanova didn’t go on to defend their national championship, Hart continued to impress. He scored a career high 37 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists against the University of Notre Dame. He ended his senior year with an average of 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Having completed his college career, Hart was entered into the 2017 NBA Draft.

Los Angeles Lakers

Josh Hart’s NBA draft pick was the 30th overall in 2017. The Utah Jazz drafted him with their first round pick, but subsequently traded him to the LA Lakers along with Thomas Bryant in exchange for Tony Bradley. For the Lakers, Josh Hart embodied a talented addition to their rosters growing youth core. To keep up to date with the latest Lakers news, follow the Lakerholicz website, who have recently partnered with BetMGM. Support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

Hart recorded his first start in the Lakers schedule against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hart continued to grow into the team, but suffered a setback in February 2018 when he injured his left hand. The injury put him out for a month.

Hart’s last game of the season showed how much he had grown in confidence over his rookie season. He recorded his NBA career-high of 30 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. Hart’s rookie season ended with an average of 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Hart was then named MVP of the NBA Summer League, averaging 24.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. During the 2018-2019 NBA season, Hart experienced pain in his right knee and began to alter his shooting action to compensate. His conversion percentage lowered as a result. In March 2019, Hart underwent an ultrasonic debridement procedure on his right knee patellar tendon. This put him out for the rest of the season.

In his final season with the Lakers, Josh Hart averaged 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1 steal per game. Unfortunately for Josh Hart, Lakers decided that this would be his last season at the Staples Center. Lakers news sites would soon be reporting a Josh Hart trade, in a deal to bring Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers.

New Orleans Pelicans

In July 2019, the New Orleans Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers for a mega-package that included Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. For Josh Hart, Pelicans represented an exciting project. He even contacted the New Orleans Pelicans executive David Griffin to ask that he not be sold as he wanted to be part of their roster.

For Pelicans fans, the Josh Hart news was widely welcomed, especially after he took to social media to praise the city. There is no doubt that many neutral fans will be watching the youthful Pelicans this season to see how their new core fit together on the hardwood.

Someone holding a black marker pen signing New Orleans Pelicans cards placed on a silky blue surface.

NBA stats

Josh Hart’s stats in the NBA are perhaps not as impressive as his impact in squad can be. He averages 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game. As in his college career, he’ll look to improve on these stats each season.

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