The Los Angeles Lakers are rarely in the NBA Draft lottery. This year, however, they will make the seventh-overall pick in the draft after finishing with the league’s sixth-worst record.
Although the Lakers would like to trade their pick and seem especially interested in former Kentucky Wildcats’ power Julius Randle, former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart and former Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott, former Arizona Wildcats’ power forward Aaron Gordon will likely be an option as well.
Gordon, via his draft diary on on Slam Online, got a good vibe from the Lakers when he worked out for them.
After Sac, I went to L.A straight. I love L.A. It’s a great city, and I have family and friends out there. I get a good vibe from L.A.
I worked out in L.A. for the Lakers. I thought it was going to be an individual workout but it ended up being a competition workout. I got to workout with James Young, Doug McDermott, Davion Berry, Elfrid Payton, etc. That was fun. I haven’t played against other people in a while; I’ve just been doing individual lab work.
Gordon, who measured in at 6’8.75″ and 220 points with a wingspan of 6’11.75″ at the NBA’s Scouting Combine, averaged 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 49.5% from the field, 35.6% from beyond the arc and 42.2% from the free throw line for the Wildcats this season. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express ranks Gordon as the ninth-best prospect in the daft and currently projects the Philadelphia 76ers to draft him with the 10th-overall pick. He projects the Lakers to take Randle.