Maybe 2017 is the Los Angeles Lakers lucky year, as the 2017 NBA Draft lottery just gave Magic Johnson and company a early Christmas gift. The Lakers wound up getting the second pick in the draft, despite having just a 46.9 percent chance at landing in the top three, and now sit in a great position. So does that mean Lonzo Ball will get to stay home and play for the Purple and Gold?
Ball grew up in Southern California, played at UCLA and has made it known that he wants to play for the Lakers. The franchise, in turn, has let it be known how much they love Ball’s game. The question to answer is whether Los Angeles will take the best player available or the best fit for the franchise.
Here are how I see the top 5 picks playing out:
1. Boston – Markelle Fultz, G, Washington.
2. LA Lakers – Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA.
3. Philadelphia – Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke.
4. Phoenix – Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas.
5. Sacramento – De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky.
Right now the odds heavily favor the Lakers selecting Ball at No. 2 if Fultz is off the board. But the next month should be fascinating to see how evaluations change when the top prospects are on the court against each other in workouts.
LaVar Ball may wind up getting his wish though, as Lonzo to the Lakers looks all but certain right now.