A major crisis was averted for the Los Angeles Lakers when they not only retained their top-three selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, but also jumped up to second behind the rivaled Boston Celtics. Los Angeles will presumably add yet another young talented player to their youthful roster with the second overall pick.
The Lakers earned the pick after suffering through their fourth consecutive losing season, but the young core provides hope for the future of the franchise. Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson said in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that he has an idea of which young player he plans to build the roster around:
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) May 16, 2017
Brandon Ingram arguably has the highest ceiling of all of the young talent on the team despite having a less than spectacular rookie campaign. His thin frame hindered him early on in the 2016-17 NBA season, but he adjusted to the strength and pace of the NBA game after the All-Star break.
Ingram’s game will be taken to the next level during his sophomore season, as he expects to work out with Kobe Bryant over the summer at the request of Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka. Bryant has worked out with multiple players on various teams throughout the year and he has made it clear that he is only a phone call away from Ingram.
Johnson and Pelinka will do their due diligence in the process of figuring out who to select with the second overall pick this year, but all signs point to Lonzo Ball becoming the point guard of the team’s future. The team is reportedly enamored with his style of play and feel he will flourish under head coach Luke Walton’s free-flowing offense.
The NBA Draft will be held on June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.