The 2015 NBA Draft is tonight, and every outlet is getting their final projections in before teams make their actual selections. The latest Draft Express mock predicts UCLA's Kevon Looney falling to the Los Angeles Lakers at the 27th overall selection, which is a precipitous last minute stock drop for the 19-year old freshman. DX also has the Lakers selecting Jahlil Okafor with the second overall pick, as does ESPN's Chad Ford and Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.
The three outlets differ on who they think the Lakers will get at number 27. While DX predicted Looney, Ford predicts the Lakers will take Oregon's Joseph Young, a senior combo guard who averaged 20.7 points and 3.7 assists per game for the Ducks in the 2014-15 NCAA season. Ford predicts this selection in part because " the Lakers are leaning for Okafor over Russell, in part, because they believe they can get quality guards later in the draft and in free agency. Young is one of those types of guards. He's a scoring machine, can play both positions, and can play right now."
Mannix also thinks the Lakers will select a point guard and reunite Okafor with his college point guard, Tyus Jones, who scored 11.8 points per game to go with 5.6 assists on the Blue Devils' run to the National Championship. Two Duke rookies would make three Duke players on the Lakers roster (including Ryan Kelly). It is hard to envision Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak voluntarily having three players from his arch rival school on the team, but strange things happen around draft time. Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll tonight for all your Lakers draft coverage, and here is how you can watch the draft live.