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One thing I've kinda always hated about NBA draft season is the buildup. It's like all the bloggers, writers, and analyst of America come together in one gigantic conference and battle their opinions on who belongs where. I wouldn't be surprised if this actually happens. Needless to say, the anticipation kills me and we never really know for sure how an athlete's collegiate skills will translate in professional ball.
That being said, this might be one of the few times I'm a little concerned about where the top draft picks are going. Los Angeles Lakers has secured second spot behind Boston Celtics, so the chances of them selecting a good fit is high. Lakers have been known to make some mishaps as far as who gets drafted, and traded, so it's very important for the front office to stay focused and devoted on rebuilding the franchise itself, which can be a tough process, especially with someone new.
At the moment, the player with the most controversial buzz is Lonzo Ball, 19 year old PG for UCLA. As I mentioned on Tidal Wave Wednesdays no.5, the issue I have with him has more to do with his father trying to run the game once he gets to his respective team, instead of allowing his talent and skills to pave a way for him. Obviously, his parenting system has very little to do with how well he does in Los Angeles and there are qualities that make him a possible candidate, however I just cannot see it for Lonzo to be apart of LakersNation. I really don't think we need another PG super star like him. It's also a concern about who, if anyone, the Lakers would be willing to trade for him.
I do, however, cross my fingers about Kansas Jayhawks' small forward, Josh Jackson. He was one of the players that really stood out to me during #MarchMadness this year. Why am I betting on Josh Jackson to be a future Laker? Despite his downfalls, he's athletically assertive, versatile of both sides of the ball, already has the work ethic of a top tier professional athlete, and we could use that kind of hustle on the court next season. I don't know what it is, but he has it. He is also, in my opinion, one of the best draft picks on the market. If Boston skips over him on Draft day, it's my bet that Rob Pelinka, Magic Johnson, and Luke Walton will all jump on that opportunity.
Of course, all of it is mere speculation at this point. We always want our favorite teams to go with the best, but I know there's a lot more that goes into the selection process. For whoever joins the #LakeShow squad next season, I can only hope that they're a key ingredient to restoring us back to the throne and take reign as the best team in the NBA once again.
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