Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell participated in a second pre-draft workout for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball operations department on Saturday afternoon. The team's drills with the potential second overall pick were private this time around, after the media did get to watch his first workout and speak with Russell afterwards. Russell did not lack for confidence, comparing himself to NBA MVP Stephen Curry, but the Lakers were reportedly not overly impressed with the workout.
All signs point to the Lakers selecting the remainder of the Karl-Anthony Towns/ Jahlil Okafor pairingat the top of the majority of draft boards, but Russell has long been the wild-card scenario. Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game while shooting 41.1 percent from three-pointers range in his one season at Ohio State
The Lakers also brought back Emmanuel Mudiay for a second workout, but his stock is considerably lower than Russell's in most mock drafts. If the Lakers decide to go with a guard, Russell will likely be Mitch Kupchak's choice on June 25th. Whether he did anything in his Saturday workout to alter the team's thinking won't be known until Adam Silver starts calling players' names on June 25th.