Two Prospects The Lakers Could Choose Over Lonzo Ball
Heading into the 2017 NBA Draft it's no secret Lonzo Ball wants to be drafted number two by the Los Angeles Lakers. Recently, he even went as far as refusing to workout for the team with the number one pick, the Boston Celtics. Despite, his ambition and the prediction of many NBA writers, Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka could decide they don't like Ball's game or they don't want to deal with Lavar Ball's antics and save their draft pick for another young prospect. If the Lakers skip out on Ball, here are the top two prospects Adam Silver might call as the number two pick.
Back in March, Fox helped Kentucky beat UCLA for a spot in the elite eight, finishing with a stat line of 39 points and four assists. A dominant performance over Ball's finish that night of 10 points, eight assists, and four turnovers.
Besides that game, Fox has consistently played hard throughout the season using his athleticism and speed to break down defenders. On defense, Fox has the ability to pressure ball-handlers, which is a great asset for today's point guard dominant NBA.
Despite not having a great shot, Fox distributes the ball well and could help D'Angelo Russell come off the ball to focus primarily on scoring. More importantly, he'll be a nice addition to the Lakers mediocre backcourt defense.
If the Lakers decide against drafting a point guard, the 6-foot-8 forward, Josh Jackson, might be their guy. At Kansas, Jackson was a star! Jackson lead the team with averages of 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest.
With the Lakers, Jackson would play the same position as Brandon Ingram. This would force Luke Walton to devise a plan for them to play together. Jackson could play the two, but the small forward position is his best fit.
Jackson's addition to the team will help on the glass, as the Lakers rank in the bottom half of the league in terms of rebounds per game. His superior athleticisim and length will no doubt uplift the team on the defensive end.