Imagining Lakers Draft Whiteboard After the Lottery

Los Angeles Lakers

Draft Pick: No. 2

Plan A: Markelle Fultz (Washington, PG/SG, Freshman)

Fultz versus Lonzo Ball should create some interesting debate among teams. But the former is clearly the most complete guard and bigger scorer, and though Ball is known for passing, Fultz’s playmaking potential is equally exciting. 

Fultz should be the Los Angeles Lakers’ Plan A because he projects as the more dangerous NBA player given Ball’s scoring limitations and inferior athletic ability.
Plan B: Lonzo Ball (UCLA, PG, Freshman)

Ball will help turn things around for the Lakers quicker than any other prospect not named Fultz. The offense would be in better hands with him running the show.

His presence should help expedite the development of youngsters D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, as he can make the game easier for teammates with high-IQ passes and quick decisions.