The Lakers somehow struck gold with the NBA Draft Lottery. After beating out teams like Atlanta, Phoenix, Cleveland, and Chicago, Los Angeles nabbed the 4th overall pick in the draft next month. This is a great win for LeBron and company as this pick gives them an extra asset to either use, or trade away for another star to wear Purple and Gold with The King. What exactly can the Lakers do with this pick?
Well…..they could use it.
Use this pick on who exactly? You may ask. It seems that the Lakers will have four different options to choose from unless something wild shakes out within the top three picks, which is unlikely to happen according to almost every mock draft out at the moment.
The Sophomore from the defending champion Virginia Cavaliers made a major improvement from his Freshman year. Hunter averaged 15 points per game, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds. The Philadelphia native also shot 78% from the charity stripe, and a very efficient 52% from the floor(44% from behind the arc). Mr. Hunter stands at an impressive 6′ 7″ and weighs in at 225 pounds. He is an athletic freak who is big, strong, and fast.
Even after losing to Virginia in the National Championship, there wasn’t really any doubt that the Texas Tech standout would keep his name in the draft. Culver, also a Sophomore, was one of the more improved players in the nation from last season. The Raider star averaged 18.5 points per game, just under 4 assists, over 6 rebounds, and almost 2 steals. The 6′ 5″ Guard shot 70% from the line to go with 46% from the field(38% from three).
The Vanderbilt star was out for most of his only collegiate year after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. In Garland’s five games, he averaged 16 points per game, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds. All of that to go along with 75% from the line and 52% from the floor(48% from three). Garland was obviously destined to be special, the problem is figuring out if he is the same player after the injury. The one-and-done prospect stands at 6′ 2″, 175 pounds, and would be a great back up option for Lonzo Ball.
Last but far from least is the third star out of Duke. Often overlooked due to the shadow of Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, but don’t get it mistaken because this kid can ball. His numbers do him no justice whatsoever from this past season. Reddish averaged 13.5 points per game, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. The 6′ 8″ Forward shot 77% from the line, and 36% from the field(33% from three).
For Anthony Davis:
- 4th Pick, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, Josh Hart.
- Lonzo Ball, 4th pick, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart.
- 4th Pick, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Michael Beasley.
Of course, these aren’t the only trade scenarios that could happen, but if a trade for Anthony Davis were to work itself back into a possibility, it would look similar to the options above.
Bradley Beal is another star that the Lakers have been linked to in terms of interest. Here would be some possible offers.
- 4th Pick, Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
- Brandon Ingram, 4th pick, Lance Stephenson.
- 4th Pick, Kyle Kuzma, KCP.
Beal would be a great piece to have on the court with LeBron as a knockdown shooter who has also evolved into a great driver and playmaker.