The Los Angeles Lakers finally pulled off the trade for Anthony Davis even though the rumor of him being traded lasted for a year and a half. The Lakers traded multiple players and multiple draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans which gives the Lakers the best duo in the NBA. Even after this major trade, the Los Angeles Lakers still had a second round draft pick that they did not give away. Let’s take a look at who the Lakers selected in the 2019 NBA Draft.
#46 Talen Horton-Tucker – SF – Iowa State. 6’4″, 235 lbs. (11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.3 apg)
Although Horton-Tucker is listed at 6’4″, he played power forward in the four-guard lineup that is utilized at Iowa State. He fits one of the trends in the NBA of the position-less player because he dribbles like a point guard, he shoots like a shooting guard, and he rebounds like a forward. He could possibly see some playing time off of the bench this season due to the lack of depth. However, he should see more playing time than expected because injuries will be a factor due to the amount of veterans on this team that have logged plenty of minutes in the National Basketball Association.
Grade: This pick is an absolute steal. Many basketball experts are comparing his offensive skills to Draymond Green who was also drafted in the 2nd round, but he will need to develop defensively if he wants to see consistent minutes off of the bench this season. However, his versatility could meant that he could fill in at guard or at forward when a veteran is injured or is taking a one-game rest. I give this grade a B-.