Buddy Hield’s stock is rising in the 2016 NBA Draft as the Los Angeles Lakers, who owns the No. 2 overall pick, has reportedly taken a closer look at the shooting guard from Oklahoma in the draft workouts. Lakers rumors are now rife in L.A., with speculations that the team could pull off a surprise rookie selection and draft Hield instead of Brandon Ingram.
The 2016 NBA Draft, which is set next week, June 23, has top prospects Ben Simmons and Ingram going as No. 1 and No. 2. However, Hield has been in the news lately after he impressed scouts in the draft workouts.
To add to the Lakers rumors, Hield is reportedly working with Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who according to the rookie, has taught him a lot of things already at this point of his young career.
“Kobe has a busy schedule. Whenever he has a chance to hit me up and has time to work me out, then we got to work out again. It was a dream come true, especially me not just as a young man, but being a kid and watching Kobe Bryant all my whole life and finally getting to meet him,” Hield said via Los Angeles Times.
Like Bryant, Hield plays the shooting guard position and is a known scorer in college basketball. In four years with the Oklahoma Sooners, he averaged 17.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. In his final year in Oklahoma, he averaged 25.0 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Hield is projected to be at least a top five pick in most mock drafts but it’s highly unlikely that the Lakers will pass on Ingram to get him. However, there are Lakers rumors that L.A. is aggressive in trying to get another high draft pick and dangling D’Angelo Russell in possible trades.
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