From Draft lottery hell to potential NBA Finals contenders, the past 12 months have seen some huge changes for the Los Angeles Lakers. Can the purple and gold find another diamond in the rough with their 1st round pick this year?
What a difference a year makes. On May 14th, 2019, the Lakers were given a gift in the form of the 4th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. This pick, which later turned into De’Andre Hunter, was sent to the New Orleans Pelicans. Along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and several future drafts pick considerations and swaps. for superstar Power Forward Anthony Davis.
A deal that has benefited both sides so far. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the purple and gold have a real shot at winning a ring this year. The bad news, which cannot be considered bad news, is the Lakers will not have a lottery pick.
Any Laker fan would trade a chance at a ring for a lottery pick in a heartbeat. With the Lakers potentially picking in the late ’20s or hopefully 30th overall, it lowers their chances of landing a player who is going to come in and make a large impact.
Well, that is what most teams think when they are picking that late in the 1st round. The Lakers have made it a habit to pick players at the end of the 1st round and 2nd who have outplayed their draft selection.
Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Mortiz Wagner, Thomas Bryant, Isaac Bonga, Ivica Zubac, and Svi Mykhailiuk have all contributed to the Lakers and have also been valuable pieces to each of the teams they now play for.
Can the Lakers find another diamond in the rough? With the scouting department the franchise has and the proven track record of finding good players late in the draft, I wouldn’t bet against the purple and gold.
With that being said, select the below link to see players the Los Angeles Lakers can target in the NBA 2020 Draft.