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NBA Mock Draft: Lakers select Brandon Ingram with No. 2 pick

With the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected... Brandon Ingram. In this mock draft, at least.

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The 2016 NBA Draft order is finally set after the lottery results streamed in. Front offices, analysts and fans can now shift their attention to the prospects and where their next destination is, and ESPN wasted no time getting a fresh mock draft into and out of the oven. ESPN's Chad Ford projects the Los Angeles Lakers will select Brandon Ingram out of Duke with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Ben Simmons is projected to be taken first-overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ingram would provide the Lakers with a long-term answer at small forward, an area they've struggled filling for years. There's a valid argument to be made that Ingram is a better fit in the wing rotation than Simmons projects to be, but ultimately it comes down to who the 76ers take at No. 1, and if there are any late risers akin to Kristaps Porzingis' charge up the board last summer.

Ingram's fit with the the Lakers is simple. He's a long, two-way player who can score from anywhere on the floor fairly effectively and provides much-needed perimeter shooting. Ingram shot 41 percent from deep in his one year at Duke, and the Lakers sorely need a player that can spread their offense out.

Here's a look at his shot chart, via Shot Analytics:


The NBA Draft is June 23, so expect some twists and turns along the way once workouts begin.