With the start of the offseason getting off to a rough start with Magic Johnson stepping down and the chaotic coaching search, the Lakers finally got some good news on Tuesday night during the NBA draft lottery. Los Angeles received the fourth pick of the draft, jumping up several spots from the 11th pick (theoretical ranking).
The Lakers getting the fourth pick could mean they could use the pick to acquire a potential All-Star. An Anthony Davis trade could also be back on the table for the Lakers with the higher pick as another potential asset Los Angeles could part with. If the Lakers choose to keep the pick, there are a few players they could draft. Below, I will address a few of them.
Cam Reddish (Duke, Small Forward)
Reddish, 6’9 and armed with a 7-foot wingspan, can really shot the ball well. The former Duke Blue Devil has also shown flashes as a ballhandler, passer, and defender. The Lakers could use a player like him on the wing that can shoot and defend. The ball handling would be a plus too, but the Lakers already have a lot of players that can handle the ball well. While Reddish can shoot the three effectively, he will need to be more consistent with it in the NBA. I could see Reddish being a nice three and D player if taken by the Lakers.
Darius Garland (Vanderbilt, Point Guard)
Garland is capable of putting up some big points. He averaged 16.7 points per game, shooting 53 percent from the field. Garland also shot 47 percent from three. The former Vanderbilt star is an outstanding pull-up shooter, and he can pull up from anywhere with range. He is more of a scoring point guard, who is still learning how to facilitate and play better on the defensive end. Now, why would the Lakers draft another point guard when they already have Lonzo Ball. Well, Garland can also play off the ball and be productive, and the Lakers need more shot-makers on their roster.
De’Andre Hunter (Virginia, Guard)
Hunter was arguably the best defender in college basketball. He can guard at multiple positions, but Hunter will need to develop a three-point shot to be successful at the NBA level. If he can do that, he would be an outstanding three and D player for any team. The Lakers can definitely use Hunter’s defense on their roster. New head coach Frank Vogel preaches defense, and I think that if Hunter is willing to develop a three point shot, he could become the biggest steal of the draft.
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