2. Lonzo Ball – G – UCLA. 6’6″, 190 lbs. (14.6 ppg, 6 rpg, 7.6 apg, 1.8 spg, .412 3pt).
27. Kyle Kuzma – PF – Utah. 6’9″, 221 lbs. (16.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.4 apg).
30. Josh Hart – SG – Villanova. 6’5″, 215 lbs. (18.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg, .400 3pt).
42. Thomas Bryant – C – Indiana. 6’10”, 248 lbs. (12.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg, .383 3pt).
Although the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the premiere franchises in the NBA, free agents have been avoiding the Lake Show for the past few years. Instead of going the free agency route, the Lakers decided to stack plenty of picks for this draft.
Ball will be a game-changer from Game 1. His passing skills will be able to allow for his teammates to score easier throughout every game. His defense needs some work, but he should be able to progress in that department in the future. Kuzma is an above-average defender who is also versatile at the offensive end. He is a streaky shooter, but if he becomes more consistent, then he will be a steal at 27. He already looks like a steal after the Summer League.
Hart is a consistent player that can get to the rim. However, getting to the rim becomes a little bit more difficult in the NBA. Bryant needs to improve his post game, but his range and his defensive ability is rather solid.
Grade: A-. All four picks have the capability to help the Lakers in their rookie seasons.
All stats are from NBA.com.