The Los Angeles Lakers have been handed some advice, take Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell with their No.2 overall pick in the NBA Draft 2015.
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It is widely expected that the Minnesota Timberwolves, who select first on June 25, will take either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.
In turn, it has been speculated that the Lakers will then pick the top prospect out of the two that is still on the board, thus leaving the other teams behind to consider their options elsewhere.
However, not for the first time it has been noted that the Lakers could snub the pair and surprise a few people with their selection, with Russell mentioned on more than one occasion.
It is understood that the Timberwolves are also considering the former Ohio State star, and Draft boards have therefore needed some alterations as the Philadelphia 76ers may miss out and be forced to consider one of Okafor or Towns.
“There is such a logical case, in fact, that front offices outside Los Angeles buy the premise without hesitation,” NBA.com reported.
“Russell is considered that good — “I would take him No. 1,” said an executive with a team that isn’t picking high enough to be impacted by the top five being shuffled — and the Lakers have that unique of circumstances.”
It is difficult to really know what the organisation is planning at this stage, but has been put forward that Okafor is essentially too similar to Julius Randle, the Lakers rookie who missed all but one game last season due to injury.
As a result, instead of loading up in the front court with similar players, the Lakers would arguably be better off considering their other options and use Russell to help those around him flourish.