Within few hours, the Lakers will find out their fate in the upcoming NBA draft. Los Angeles has 19.9 percent chance of landing with the top pick. Making a choice between top prospects Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram is tough, but the Lakers management is preferring Simmons.
Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers also have the best odds at the No 1 overall pick. And with LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram, there are two legitimate difference makers at the top of the draft. Both are considered to be lethal forwards at the NBA level.
Why are the Lakers tilted towards Ben Simmons? Simmons was long-projected as the top pick in the draft class before Ingram rose suddenly to challenge him. Simmons and his representatives want him to be picked by the Lakers as are eyeing a lucrative sneakers deal. The power forward posted impressive numbers last season. He averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists at LSU. Simmons ceiling is expected to be higher than Ingram’s, and in the current situation, the franchise is keen to rope in a star.
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Lakers are in favor of high potential Simmons over better fit Ingram at this moment.
By virtue of his combination of size, speed, ball-handling, and court vision Ben Simmons has drawn the comparison with the likes of LeBron James and Lamar Odom. But the point guard in a power forward’s body lacks the jump shot.
The Lakers have 55.8 % chance of retaining their pick. However if they don’t get the top two picks, they would consider trading it.
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