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It is NBA Draft Week. And while the crowning of the Cavs as the new NBA Champions will make up many of the storylines over the entirety of the off-season, the draft will occupy more and more of our time as we get closer to Thursday. Expect to read more mocks, more articles about who is moving up and down draft boards, and what each team should/will do.

Oh, and expect rumors. Lots of rumors.

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While most of the attention on the Lakers this draft season stem from them holding the #2 overall pick, the team also holds the #32 selection in the upcoming draft. With that, we will be having a series of posts on potential options for that selection. This installment looks at the senior guard out of Virginia, Malcolm Brogdon.

Malcolm Brogdon

Shooting Guard, 6’5.5?, 223 lbs. Senior, Virginia, 23 years old

2015-16 stats:

34.1 minutes, 18.2 points, 45.7 field goal percentage, 89.7 free throw percentage, 3.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks.

Big Board Rankings:

Draft Express – 42, CBS (Sam Vecenie) – 26, CBS (Doug Gottlieb) — 33, Sports Illustrated – 34, NBA.com — 21, ESPN (Chad Ford) — 38

Strengths:

Over the last few years, the NBA has seen a change in the way the game is played. Players who can defend multiple positions have never been more valuable. One of the best defensive players in the draft who should be able to guard at least three positions in the pros is Malcolm Brogdon out of the University of Virginia. The senior was able to guard all but the centers in his college career at just 6’5.5, but his 6’10 wingspan and strong frame allows him to guard guys much bigger than him. Brogdon’s defense was so good that he was honored with ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row (he also won ACC Player of the Year).

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While most of the attention on the Lakers this draft season stem from them holding the #2 overall pick, the team also holds the #32 selection in the upcoming draft. With that, we will be having a series of posts on potential options for that selection. This installment looks at the mysterious high schooler, Thon Maker.

Thon Maker

Power Forward/Center, 7’0.75″, 216 lbs. High School, 19 years old

2013-14 stats:

21.3 points, 48.0 field goal percentage, 78.0 free throw percentage, 1.7 assists, 13.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 4.2 blocks (Stats are from his sophomore year in H.S. Maker’s Canadian prep-shool stats from 2015-16 stats are unavailable.)

Big Board Rankings:

Draft Express – 40, CBS – 32, Sports Illustrated – 25, Sporting News — 18, ESPN (Chad Ford) — 19

Strengths:

Thon Maker is a name that people have known for awhile now because of a famous mixtape of him that was put on YouTube a few years ago. Through most of his high school career, he was considered the number one prospect, but he found a loophole to get him into the draft without going to college or going overseas. No one really knows a whole lot about Maker right now because there isn’t much tape of him, and he’s only doing workouts with teams. This makes him hard to evaluate.

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I truly believe Ben Simmons is going to be the #1 overall pick. Simmons is too talented, has too much star potential for the 76ers to pass on him.

Philly has been waiting for the moment to grab this type of player for too long; they have suffered trusted the process through too much. But Brandon Ingram may tempt them. Just as he’s the best of both worlds prospect for the Lakers, he offers the same appeal to every other team in the draft, including Philly.

Even if the odds are low the Lakers end up with the chance to draft Simmons, it’s worthwhile to explore him as a prospect and his fit on the team.

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While most of the attention on the Lakers this draft season stem from them holding the #2 overall pick, the team also holds the #32 selection in the upcoming draft. With that, we will be having a series of posts on potential options for that selection. This installment looks at Maryland big man Diamond Stone.

Diamond Stone

Center, 6’10.5″, 254 lbs. Freshman, Maryland, 19 years old

2015-16 stats:

23.1 minutes, 12.5 points, 56.8 field goal percentage, 76.1 free throw percentage, 0.4 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 1.6 blocks.

Big Board Rankings:

Draft Express – 30, CBS – 44, Sports Illustrated – 24, NBA.com — 21, ESPN (Chad Ford) — 32

Strengths:

One of the, if not the best names in the entire draft is Diamond Stone. The name belongs to a 19-year-old out of Maryland University. The 6’10 prospect came into college with huge expectations, but finds himself at the low end of the first round, to possible even early second round. For someone so young, he’s got a ton of weight on him and has a long wingspan of 7’3, which will really help him guard the center position in the NBA. While he’s a big dude, he’s also pretty quick on his feet, which can be really useful.

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“With the 2nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers select Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University.”

While there are always smokescreens and attempts at misdirection in the lead up to the draft, the odds this is what we hear Commissioner Adam Silver say at the NBA Draft on June 23rd are high. The 76ers could always select Ingram themselves, but with Ben Simmons long considered the top prospect and Philly finally cashing in on their multi-year process with the top selection, it seems the LSU Forward would be hard to pass up.

The Lakers, then, are likely going to end up with Ingram. And I could not be happier about it.

Ingram, for the Lakers, represents a best of both worlds prospect. Not only is he supremely talented with a high upside and enough youth to make good on long-term projections of his ceiling, he also plays a position of need while offering a skill-set which is not only in-demand league wide, but on the Lakers’ as well.

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While most of the attention on the Lakers this draft season stem from them holding the #2 overall pick, the team also holds the #32 selection in the upcoming draft. With that, we will be having a series of posts on potential options for that selection. This installment looks at Louisville big man Chinanu Onuaku.

Chinanu Onuaku

Center, 6’10, 245 lbs. Sophomore, Louisville, 19 years old

2015-16 stats:

24.6 minutes, 9.9 points, 62.0 field goal percentage, 58.9 free throw percentage, 1.6 assists, 8.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 2.0 blocks.

Big Board Rankings:

Draft Express – 38, CBS – 33, Sports Illustrated – 43, ESPN (Chad Ford) – 35

Strengths:

At 6’10 and 245 pounds, Chinanu Onuaku makes for an interesting draft prospect for the Lakers. As mentioned in my first draft profile on Stephen Zimmerman, the Lakers could be looking for some depth at the center position. At 6’10”, Onuaku may not be the tallest center, but he’s got a long wingspan (7’3) for his size, a developing frame (245 pounds), and has solid strength for a 19-year-old.

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While most of the attention on the Lakers this draft season stem from them holding the #2 overall pick, the team also holds the #32 selection in the upcoming draft. With that, we will be having a series of posts on potential options for that selection. First up is UNLV big man, Stephen Zimmerman.

Stephen Zimmerman

Center, 7’0, 235 lbs. Freshman, UNLV,  19 years old

2012-13 stats:

26.3 minutes, 10.5 points, 47.7 field goal percentage, 29.4 three point percentage, 62.4 free throw percentage, 0.8 assists, 8.7 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 2.0 blocks.

Big Board Rankings:

Draft Express – 36, CBS – 31, Sports Illustrated – 30, NBA.com – 24, Bleacher Report – 27

Strengths:

At 7’0 with a wingspan of 7’3, Stephen Zimmerman has pretty good size to work at either power forward or center in the NBA. The first thing that stands out about Zimmerman is his two blocks per game in only 26 minutes per game, which was good for second most in the Mountain West Conference. Zimmerman isn’t the most athletic guy on the court, but he’s athletic enough to where it’s not a disadvantage.

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