In a few hours, the NBA Draft 2015 will commence and the teams will soon be welcoming their newest roster additions. For the Lakers, their pick could also spell success or failure in the upcoming NBA 2015-2016 season.
Previews of the upcoming drafts see Jahlil Okafor as Los Angeles’ No. 2 pick. The Duke standout, who is part of the 2015 NCAA Champion team, has turned heads in the previous draft combine and team workouts. In his last year with the Blue Devils, he posted stats of 17.3 point-per-game, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. ESPN rankings also show him as the 6th overall in field goal percentage during the 2014-2015 NCAA regular season.
Bleacher Reports describes Okafor as “a classic back-to-the-basket center with a high basketball IQ and a low-post game that’s ridiculously polished for a 19-year-old.”
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski also thinks the Jahlil is the “best player in the draft.”
“He’s going to be a high double-double guy in the pros. He’s gifted. He’s got feet and hands that you can’t teach. He’s got an attitude that’s amazing. I think he’s the best player in the draft,” Coach K, who also coaches Team USA, told ESPN.
The Lakers’ NBA Draft pick will also be crucial for the team who has been struggling for the past two seasons. With Kobe Bryant facing a possible last season in the NBA, LAL may have to find a new face to lead the franchise.
Recent NBA trade rumors hint that the team is looking to bring DeMarcus Cousins to LA. However,
Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive denied rumors, telling USA Today that the team has “zero interest in moving Cousins, so I don’t know where that’s coming from.”
Sacramento Bee columnist Ailene Voisin also confirmed that Kings will likely keep Cousins in the roster, tweeting that Kings executive Vlade Divac was “very irritated” with the rumors.
Just spoke with a very irritated Vlade Divac. Said he is not trading Cousins, and denies Karl pushing for any deal involving All-Star center
— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) June 23, 2015
With how NBA Lakers trade have been going, LA fans are keeping their fingers crossed that the 2015 NBA Draft will be a new start for the once powerhouse team.