Jonathan Wasserman’s Final 2017 NBA Mock Draft

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball (UCLA, PG, Freshman)

Trading D’Angelo Russell suggests the Los Angeles Lakers will be taking a guard and Josh Jackson is no longer in play. And after exploring every possible opportunity, it appears they’ll circle back to Lonzo Ball. 

Ball’s potential to change the Lakers’ identity and help Brandon Ingram develop gives him the edge over De’Aaron Fox. 

Assuming the front office finds a way to land Paul George, whether it’s now or next summer, a Ball-George-Ingram tandem brings a promising balance of passing, scoring and defense.

27. Los Angeles Lakers (via Nets): Ike Anigbogu (UCLA, C, Freshman)

The youngest prospect in the draft, Ike Anigbogu’s youth and unmatchable tools should help buy him time.

He’s completely raw offensively without any real skill. He’ll wind up seeing more minutes in the G League next year than the NBA.

But at 252 pounds with 7’6″ length, the Los Angeles Lakers could chase his defensive potential in rim protection. 

Even if he struggles to develop any offensive game, he should still be good for layups and dunks at the rim off pick-and-rolls, dump-downs, lobs and putbacks.

28. Los Angeles Lakers (via Rockets): Jordan Bell (Oregon, PF/C, Junior)

Jordan Bell could be an option for the Los Angeles Lakers after they acquired a third first-round pick.

They shouldn’t be concerned with his limited offensive game this late. Bell brings defensive energy and versatility with the ability to block shots and switch around the perimeter. 

He’s coming off a breakout year at Oregon and terrific NBA combine, and despite not offering any scoring ability, Bell made strides this year with his mid-range touch and passing.