While everyone is focused on the Lakers owning the second overall pick and the opportunity to draft either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, it is sometimes forgotten that the Lakers also own a second round draft pick at number 32. And overlooking that pick would be a big mistake.
If there is one thing the Lakers have proven over the last couple of years it is that they can identify talent in the draft. Whether it is buying a draft pick to take Jordan Clarkson at number 46 in 2014, or shocking everyone by taking Larry Nance Jr. and number 27 in 2015, the Lakers get value in all of their draft picks.
Add in the fact that players such as Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside, Chandler Parsons, and Khris Middleton have all been taken early in the second round in recent years and this pick could prove to add another building block to the franchise.
This year’s draft isn’t heavy on superstar-level talent, but it is extremely deep when it comes to potential role players and these players are all guys the Lakers should consider should they be available when the 32nd pick becomes available.
There are some recognizable names among this list including a certain high school phenom, an NCAA Tournament standout who led his team to the Final Four, and the son of an NBA Hall of Famer.
It should be noted, these are not rankings, but rather players who would be great selections should they be available when the 32nd pick rolls around.