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2014 NBA Draft: Zach LaVine Talks About His Vertical And Transition To NBA Reviewed by Momizat on . Please enable Javascript to watch this video On Wednesday, the Lakers held a pre-draft workout with potential lottery picks who could be available for the Laker Please enable Javascript to watch this video On Wednesday, the Lakers held a pre-draft workout with potential lottery picks who could be available for the Laker Rating: 0
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2014 NBA Draft: Zach LaVine Talks About His Vertical And Transition To NBA

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On Wednesday, the Lakers held a pre-draft workout with potential lottery picks who could be available for the Lakers to take with their current seventh overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

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Among the players working out was former UCLA guard Zach LaVine. LaVine was known as an incredibly athletic guard and streaky shooter during his only season at UCLA. Scouts, however, wonder whether he can transition to the point guard position.

On Wednesday his athleticism was certainly on display at the Lakers workout. LaVine turned in a Lakers pre-draft workout record 46-inch vertical, showing why GMs rave about his potential.

According to our own Serena Winters, LaVine said his vertical was inspired by being in the presence of the Lakers.

LaVine will definitely be one of the prospects that will be intriguing to watch make the transition from the college game to the pros. LaVine was a player that was able to thrive on blowing past his opponents and just being flat out more skilled and now will face the challenge of playing against players who are just as, or more athletic than him.

According to Serena Winters, LaVine said its all about maturity at the next level.

The Lakers have a lot of options heading into draft day as to what they might want to do with their pick. They can trade it for players or other picks or draft a player they believe will set them up for the future.

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Whatever they decide to do with their pick, it will be an interesting process and something to keep your eyes on. LaVine could continue to rise up draft boards with workouts like this.
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J.J. earned his degree in Sports Media from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2014. He played baseball collegiately for four years and is now interning with Lakers Nation and Sports City. J.J. is a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers and USC Trojans fan and a currently suffering Los Angeles Angels fan.

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  • Chris Park

    Damn I really want to see this guy in a Lakers jersey

    He has a really high upside just sucks that 7th pick is a little to high for him.

    • cyborgspider

      Trade down for another draft pick? Say Phoenix’s 14 and 18th… although he may be gone by 14

      • VillainKing

        Lakers must not trade the pick..

      • what

        Trade back to 10 with Philly and get one of their 2nd round picks they got 5 of them

        • Jim213

          Lavine’s 46″ vertical.

          • Jeremy Brown

            don’t be foolish

          • Jim213

            Just posting numbers (option) but what’s foolish is considering one path as opposed to the others that would turn up more favorably.

          • Nash

            Look man the kid Zach Lavine is worth drafting at #7 and the reason is the Lakers are seriously 5 years away from being a playoffs team.

            And in 5 years Zach Lavine might be the best player in this draft.you gotta think long term potential when drafting in the lottery of a draft this amazing.Just look at that picture that is the highest i have ever seen any basketball player jump.

            Ridiculous upside for Zach Lavine and he is a hard worker as he goes and practices on his jumper and other basketball skills with his father they have some you tube videos up of them working out.His athletic numbers are off the chart speed,vert,lateral quickness.Come on now he is special and he has a great jump shot it’s pure and splashy.UCLA players translate their game to the NBA…

            If i had to compare him to any player it would be to a young the great Kevin Johnson he reminds me of California Berkeley K.J. that’s a huge compliment to Zach Lavine.Do it Mitch!

          • Jim213

            Sounds like an ajm reply. All I’m trying to say is that all options should be considered. The Lakers will be in a tough position next season being likely ending up without a 1st and 2nd rounder (top 31-40 protected).

            I’m no NBA scout to say who FO should draft but if a player that’s projected to go between 9th thru 14th in the draft is who FO would like to draft then IMO it be best to gamble and trade down (slightly) for another possible first rounder or early second rounder.

            IMO, all options should be considered to make the most of this year’s draft as they’ll likely be left without a pick in 2015.

        • guest

          If you think Lavine is the guy to draft, then why risk losing him for only a second round pick?

    • Jar2

      Trade down and get another pick and he might still be there.

  • vdogg

    heck of an athlete, but is he a pure PG? tough to know right now..

    • TheTruthKills

      He has expressed his desire to play PG. With Nash here to tutor him I think Lavine would be a good pick.

  • Rigged4fun

    Having a terrific vertical doesn’t translate to being a great PG, or having a NBA shooting touch. The Lakers can’t waste their pick on a project. They need a contributor to be groomed as the team gets more assets.

    • Waverly N. Burford

      right

    • what

      I’ve got news for you just about all of the guys in the draft will be projects very few players enter the NBA knowing how to be successful they have to learn including the top 3 rated players this year they will have to learn too I’m really afraid that if we pass on LaVine in a couple of years we are going to regret it we need to draft for the future and use our cap room for the present on top free agents why not have the best of both worlds stop thinking we are going to get a savior in the draft

      • Jim213

        Agree, a few may rise up given the favorable circumstance. But Kupcake mentioned that they’d like to draft a player that would have a quick impact quickly. IMO, aside of McDermott (maturity) everyone else would require at most 2-3 yrs to develop/help make an impact within their team.

        • Zimmeredge

          Randle cold be impressive asap too. Expect him to amie almost the same season 14/10.

  • UCLA Bruins Homer

    UCLA fans are in droves and proud of Zach Lavine as they should be.High jump.

  • wodvin43

    Pick Marcus Smart…don’t be stupid.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Vertical leap is just that… vertical leap, it does not follow that he will be a good NBA player…

  • Team Mike 206

    They gotta go best player available. The Lakers need help everywhere.

    They’ll have a shot at Exum, Vonleh, Smart, Randle, Gordon or LaVine and anyone from that group could help this team.

    • nlruizjr

      kind of leaning towards trading the pick and going for lavine, hell he has God gifted talents, compared to Smarts video, Smart missed all of his uncontested shots, LaVine made most of his shots, LaVine has a verticle leap of 46″ and Smart their was no mention of his verticle, what was it 6″ ?, so maybe the Lakers should shoot for LaVine and Saric , just sayin !!!!!

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