The Los Angeles Lakers are sure to land a big piece for its future this upcoming NBA draft. The Lakers will have a high draft pick and according to NBA rumors, the team will draft Brandon Ingram or Buddy Hield depending on its draft position.
The 2016 NBA draft is a two-horse race between LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram. In several mock drafts, the Lakers are projected to have the second overall pick.
Simmons has been compared to LeBron James because of his size, athleticism and ball handling while Ingram is likened to Kevin Durant due to his length and scoring mentality. The Lakers would be inclined to take Ingram mainly because Kobe Bryant was very impressed with him.
“I think he plays with a lot of poise…extremely long and he knows how to use it. I was very impressed,” Bryan said, via Lakers Nation.
He also fits the need for the team who already has Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell at both backcourt positions. Ingram will play small forward and likely develop into one of the best scorers in the game.
However, if the Lakers fall outside the top two picks, they might draft Oklahoma star guard Buddy Hield. According to NBADraft.net, Hield is expected to go as high as third in the upcoming draft.
Bryant is also a fan of Hield as he constantly praised the senior guard’s play as of late. “The same way he’s playing in college is the same way I anticipate him playing in the league. I don’t think it’s overly complicated,” Bryan told ESPN.
But where does Hield fit with the Lakers? As mentioned in a previous report on NBA rumors, Jordan Clarkson is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. If Clarkson leaves, Hield wouldn’t be a bad replacement for him.
As for other players the Lakers can draft outside the top two, they could choose Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn or Jamal Murray.
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