2. Los Angeles Lakers – D’Angelo Russell
If there’s one team who holds all the cards in this draft, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers. Still, nobody knows what Showtime will do.
Jahlil Okafor is, of course, a real possibility, as most believe he’ll be the pick here. However, Magic Johnson is very fond of the Ohio State point-guard, so the thinking that D’Angelo Russell will be heading to L.A. is now prevalent.
The continuing trade talk surrounding DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings is also now putting a twist on this selection.
Due to the NBA rule that teams cannot trade consecutive first-round picks, if the Lakers want to acquire Cousins they’ll have to make their pick and trade the player instead of trading the pick.
In any event, I have a feeling Magic Johnson’s sentiment for Russell will win out.