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    Picks #25 and #47 for the 2018 NBA Draft

    At this yearís trade deadline the Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a deal that sent Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In exchange the Lakers received Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and Clevelandís 2018 first-round pick.

    Much of the focus initially was on the acquisition of Thomas, a lifelong Lakers fan who had interest in joining the team as a free agent in 2014. Additionally, there was a lot of attention paid to the amount of salary cap space the Lakers created with the deal, but considering the teamís recent draft history, that first-round pick is huge.


    With the regular season now over, the Lakers know that they will be selecting 25th overall in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

    The scouting department has proven their worth over the last few seasons in finding gems later on in the draft. Jordan Clarkson was the 46th overall pick in 2014, Larry Nance Jr. was the 27th pick in 2015, and Ivica Zubac was selected 32nd overall in 2016.

    Last yearís draft may have been the best in franchise history as both Kyle Kuzma (27th overall) and Josh Hart (30th) look like starters, or more, while Thomas Bryant (42nd) showed plenty of potential in having a great season in the G League. All that in addition to second overall pick Lonzo Ball.

    As far as their own pick, the Lakers are currently slotted at No. 10, with that selection heading to the Philadelphia 76ers. However, if the Lakers move up in the lottery to the second or third, the pick will go to the Boston Celtics.

    With that draft pick off to another team, the Lakers at last finally own all of their future first-round picks for the time being. Now the Lakers front office will be hard at work figuring out who will be the best player to add in Juneís draft.

    ESPNís most recent mock draft has L.A. selecting USC guard DeíAnthony Melton while other players around that area include Cincinnatiís Jacob Evans, Miamiís Bruce Brown, and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson, a former teammate of Hart.

    http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-2...ft/2018/04/15/

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    #25 -- Point Guards

    Lonzo Ball's ex-teammate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp02qhaewX0
    Josh Hart's ex-teammate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdtRDW-IoDs&t=44s

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    In West we trust

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    https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/...st-mock-drafts

    2018 NBA Mock Draft: Lakers take controversial USC star in latest mock drafts
    We take a look at USCís DeíAnthony Melton in our latest mock draft roundup!

    By Christian Rivas@RadRivas Apr 16, 2018, 7:00am PDT

    While 16 teams are just getting their postseason started, 14 other teams are looking ahead to the 2018 NBA draft, including the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers wonít have their own pick because of the ill-fated 2012 Steve Nash trade, but they will have the Cleveland Cavaliersí pick, which is now locked in at No. 25.

    Over the past few years, the Lakers have had great success picking in the mid-to-late 20s with picks like Larry Nance Jr. in 2015 and Kyle Kuzma just last year. Will the next draft night steal be available when Los Angeles is on the clock on June 21?

    Letís take a look at what the experts are saying in our latest mock draft roundup:

    In our last mock draft roundup, the Lakers were linked to UCLA star Aaron Holiday, but at the time the Cavaliersí pick was projected to be in the low-20s. ESPNís Jonathan Givony has Holiday going as high as No. 17 overall, so itís looking less likely heíll be on the board when the Lakers pick.

    Luckily, there are expected to be a number of intriguing point guard prospects late in the draft, including controversial USC star DeíAnthony Metlon.

    After a promising freshman year with the Trojans, Melton was ruled ineligible by USC in December because of his alleged involvement in the ongoing FBI probe of bribery and corruption throughout NCAA basketball. Two months later, Melton announced his decision to withdraw from USC and focus on preparing his game for the 2018 NBA draft.

    A 6í3 guard with a 6í8 wingspan, Meltonís defensive versatility alone will earn him a spot on an NBA roster. In his freshman year at USC, Melton averaged 2.8 steals, 1.5 blocks, 7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per 40 minutes, according to sports-reference.com.
    If even a fraction of that translates to the NBA, he will have a good chance of carving out a role as a defensive specialist. However, if he wants to take his game to the next level, he has to improve as a scorer, starting with his jump shot.

    Melton shot just 28.4 percent from behind the arc on 74 attempts in his freshman year with the Trojans and when you look at the mechanics of his shot, itís not hard to understand why. But thereís reason to be optimistic about Meltonís potential as a shooter, highlighted by this video of him shooting courtesy of ESPNís Mike Schmitz.

    If Melton shows flashes of being a two-way playmaker in his pre-draft workouts, expect the Lakers to take a hard look at him with the No. 25 pick.

    With Isaiah Thomasí future up in the air and Lonzo Ballís health a question heading into his sophomore season, the Lakers could do worse than to bolster their backcourt with a 20-year-old point guard with defensive upside.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywK0_XyJfVw

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    Pick #47 --

    -- a steady shooter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QB8Tso9Tws


    -- Athletic, short-shorts wearing PG who made smooth transition to PG after playing off ball as freshman.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlmicRp8kwI

    Good penetrator with 6'11" wingspan. Excellent spot up shooter Ė career 42.4% 3 PT.
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    Randle
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    Milton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMjU3oXF3-c
    Ball

    running the break would be lit.

    Shake's feel for the game -- tremendous feel for the game, rarely forces the issue, unselfish passer, great cutter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mave1002 View Post
    Pick #47 --

    -- a steady shooter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QB8Tso9Tws


    -- Athletic, short-shorts wearing PG who made smooth transition to PG after playing off ball as freshman.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlmicRp8kwI

    Good penetrator with 6'11" wingspan. Excellent spot up shooter Ė career 42.4% 3 PT.
    You had me at shirt shorts...

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    Melton has been the guy Iíve had my eye on ever since we made the Nance trade. I hope that the Lakers offer him a promise so he doesnít work out at the combine. Would much rather have Melton than Holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydubb View Post
    You had me at shirt shorts...

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    Lonzo should bring the John Stockton shorts back

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    Milton missed SMU's final 11 games with a hand injury -- and the Mustangs went 2-9 in his absence. So that should tell you how much he meant to what would've otherwise been a borderline NCAA Tournament team. Prior to the injury, the 6-6 guard was shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range and averaging a career-high 18.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. His ability to play on or off the ball should serve him well in the NBA.

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    Trade the pick to get rid of deng

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    Brunson.

    He is our back up point guard. He is patient, good vision, can hit the three, good size, good defense, a winner.

    No more ennis and caruso, please.0&

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinylman View Post
    Trade the pick to get rid of deng
    This please, really hope we can find a way to unload Deng contract

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    This please, really hope we can find a way to unload Deng contract
    Yeah to me that's option #1 (If we are star chasing in free agency)
    If not I like Brunson and meltons potential. Holiday too if he's left.

    If they do use the pick i trust them though. I won't question the pick too much because they have had success in that range recently.

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    Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova

    A former teammate of Josh Hart at Villanova, the experienced point guard is coming off a national championship run that certainly helped his draft stock.

    Itís not just Villanovaís March dominance that has Brunson in the NBA Draft conversation, though. Much like Shamet, he isnít an elite athlete and isnít going to light up the scoreboard on a regular basis. However, heís an intelligent floor general who does a great job of creating opportunities for his teammates while chipping in the occasion basket or five.

    On top of that, Brunson is a proven leader and winner. You also have to love the added chemistry heíll have from Day 1 with Hart. He may not be a home run by any stretch of the imagination, but heíd give the Lakers some quality depth at point guard and leadership off the bench.

    There are some obvious disadvantages, though. Brunson falls short in the measurables ó heís small, has short arms and doesnít possess much explosiveness. Although he can create off the dribble, Brunson tends to get himself in trouble too often, leading to unnecessary turnovers. His defense is solid, but heís going to have a tough time keeping speedier, more athletic point guards in check at the next level.

    Regardless of the Hart connection, Brunson will be a consideration for the Lakers if heís still available at No. 25.

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