The Los Angeles Lakers are just days away from making their selection with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and the smoke has begun to settle after a blazing pre-draft process. The Lakers have targeted Jahlil Okafor out of Duke with the No. 2 pick since his second workout with the franchise, with "80-20" odds he's the name they phone in on draft night, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.
Jahlil has been almost unanimously projected to the Lakers in every major mock draft. The Lakers hosted Okafor for a private workout on Friday, though little information was available on how it went. Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell has been discussed as a player that could be the pick for the Lakers, but it sounds like his second meeting with the Lakers on Saturday didn't sway the front office his way.
This follows on the heels of the Timberwolves telling Karl-Anthony Towns he'd be going No. 1 on draft night, according to a report after his meeting with Minnesota. Towns and Okafor going one-two was an expected outcome, but the pre-draft process is a mysterious one. The Lakers may have always been taking whichever of the two big men that were available. Smokescreens and sources:
From league sources, the Lakers were always going to select whoever of Towns/Okafor was available at 2. LA worked out guards to smokescreen.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 22, 2015
Considering Mitch Kupchak himself said he'd never publicly reveal his hand in an interview with Chris Mannix last week, that may very well have been the case. The draft is June 25, with Okafor looking more and more like a future Laker.