Don't rush to say Lakers made mistake drafting Lonzo instead of Tatum

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant working out with young Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum caused enough of a stir on its own, but it didn’t stop there. Bryant was said to have asked why the Lakers didn’t select Tatum instead of Lonzo Ball in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Bryant’s comments weren’t passed along as being critical in nature. But rather a bit tongue-in-cheek because of similarities Tatum has to him. However, it was interpreted by many as a slight.

Tatum is going to be a great player but it is premature to say that the Lakers should have drafted him over Ball. There is one caveat, however. Talent means nothing if the player can’t stay healthy.

Ball’s short NBA career has been riddled with injuries. But he certainly deserves another season or two before one can rationally decide if Tatum would have been the better choice.

Ball showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie, he has talent, and in the mind of most the only questions are whether he can stay on the court and improve his shooting.