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Blake Hinson Begins NBA Career Saturday

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Pitt sharpshooter Blake HInson begins his NBA career on Saturday night in the NBA Summer League playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers begin their NBA Summer League campaign on Saturday afternoon, and Blake Hinson will make his pro debut.

The Lakers will take on the Sacramento Kings on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. est at the Chase Center in San Francisco. This game is part of the California Classic Summer League event. Fans can watch the game on ESPN.

Pitt’s Blake Hinson was recently signed by the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-year, two-way contract. Hinson went un-drafted in the 2024 NBA Draft but was picked up hours later by the Lakers.

Hinson signed a two-way contract, allowing him to be on the big-league Lakers roster as well as their G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. Last year, two-way players made just under $600,000 each, per NBA.com.

Hinson — a 6-foot-8 forward from Deltona, Fla. — is coming off a final season in Pittsburgh in which he averaged 18.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, shooting 45.4% from the field, 42.1% from beyond the arc (on 261 attempts) and 66.9% from the free throw line. He hit the 20-point mark 14 times last season — erupting for a career-high 41 points in a win against Louisville.

He earned first-team All-ACC honors following his final season in Pittsburgh, setting numerous program records, including three points in a season (110) and three pointers in a game (nine, against West Virginia in December).

In two seasons as a Panther, Hinson averaged 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and one assist per game on 44/40/67 shooting splits — showing a knack for hitting deep or contested three-point attempts.

Hinson will compete for the Lakers’ NBA Summer League squad coming soon. The team’s summer league schedule is listed below.

LAKERS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

*Italics = nationally televised.

July 6, 4:30 p.m. est. — LA Vs. Sacramento

July 7, 6:30 p.m. est. — LA Vs. Golden State

July 10, 7 p.m. est. — LA Vs. Miami

July 12, 7:30 p.m. est. — LA Vs. Houston on ESPN

July 15, 10:30 p.m. est. — LA Vs. Boston on NBATV

July 17, 9:30 p.m. est. — LA Vs. Atlanta on ESPN

July 18, 9 p.m. est. — LA Vs. Cleveland on ESPN

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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