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Lakers NBA Draft rumors: Timberwolves prefer Jahlil Okafor at No. 1, according to report

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The Timberwolves might have their eyes on the refined game of Jahlil Okafor.

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The Los Angeles Lakers' decision at No. 2 in the 2015 NBA Draft largely depends on what the Minnnesota Timberwolves do to kick things off on June 25, but early reports indicate Minnesota president of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders prefers Jahlil Okafor over Karl-Anthony Towns, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

Okafor's scoring ability can make him a 20-points-per-game threat in the low-post. He could be a heavy-hitting big man down low who can create for himself and others, which is why he was considered the top prospect for the majority of the college season. There's over a month until the NBA Draft, which means plenty of reports projecting Minnesota's decision with the first pick are still to come.

The Lakers can pick whichever big man is still available at No. 2, and there's still an outside shot of D'Angelo Russell impressing through the pre-draft workout process as well. Most post-lottery mock drafts currently project Okafor to the Lakers at No. 2, who could connect with Julius Randle to build the frontcourt of the future for Los Angeles.

Mitch Kupchak and the basketball operations team will surely exhaust all of their resources preparing for a huge decision with the second-overall pick, but there's nothing they can do but wait for Minnesota to phone their selection in.