Let the NBA Mock Draft 2019 predictions officially begin! As of Tuesday night, the NBA Draft Lottery yielded results for which teams will get which picks in June’s NBA Draft.
The Los Angeles Lakers had fans salivating as they had a legitimate chance to land the No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. However, they ultimately ended up fourth overall, which is still a great spot to add some talent to the roster.
So who will the Lakers take with that No. 4 pick in June?
Lakers’ draft spot could bring Garland to LA
Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland was the name that popped up during ESPN’s on-TV mock picks during the Draft Lottery. The interesting thing about Garland is he’s a 6-foot-2 point guard.
The Lakers already have Lonzo Ball in that role when he’s healthy. However, he’s considered the best available at the spot, per ESPN.
Interestingly, Garland also had a knee injury that kept him out action since last November, so that could factor into the team’s decision.
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Still, previous drafts have shown that just because a player is listed somewhere in the mock drafts, doesn’t mean he’ll necessarily end up in that spot.
There are other players listed below Garland with potential on their side. These players could also improve their draft stock at the upcoming NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
Other players Lakers could draft include Hunter, Reddish
Just below Garland is De’Andre Hunter. He’s a 6-foot-7 wing player, which may not be the most glaring need for the Lakers. However, he’s got that 43.8 percent three-point percentage from this past season.
The Lakers were certainly in need of three-point shooters this past season. If that’s not enough, CBS Sports mentioned that some former NBA players consider Hunter the “Kawhi Leonard of this draft.” Take that for what it’s worth.
Then there’s Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard. Once again, it’s not exactly a position the Lakers are in desperate need of filling, but he averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists a game this past season.
He’s got the talent, and it’s entirely possible Los Angeles could also offer up Culver or other players in a trade.
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Don’t count out a big man somehow moving up to the No. 4 spot for the Los Angeles Lakers. They traded away one last season in Ante Zizic.
Cam Reddish is the third Duke star expected to go in the top 10 picks this June. He’s not exactly Zion or RJ Barrett, but as a 6-foot-9 forward who is just 18-years-old, he’s got plenty of potential too.
The biggest question marks will come in terms of his missed NCAA Tournament game and poor shooting this past season. The Lakers may opt to go with a more solid player at that spot, rather than gambling.
Amongst the other big men that are listed on the mock drafts are Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke (6-foot-8), Texas’ Jaxon Hayes (6-foot-11), and Oregon’s Bol Bol (7-foot-2).
Still, the biggest question will be if the Lakers end up keeping this pick, or offering it up as a way to bring some veteran stars onto the roster with LeBron James. Stay tuned.