The Lakers find themselves in an interesting dilemma. Just three years ago, they as long-term asset poor as a team could be. They had shipped out potential draft picks in an attempt to build a superstar team then saw those would be franchise anchors either break down or walk away for no return. Their future outlook was as dour as any other in the league outside of the Nets.
Fast forward to today and things are markedly different. In consecutive drafts the team has drafted the following list of players:
- 2014: Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson
- 2015: D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Jr., Anthony Brown
- 2016: Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac
It’s not yet known how good any of these players will end up being. But if the glimpses we have seen of them is any indication (even if only from summer league), a strong percentage of them (upwards of 6) look to at least be rotation players down the line. Some of them have star potential and three just completed their 1st training camp as part of the Team USA pipeline as members of the Select Team.