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Lakers draft rumors: team will work out Buddy Hield next week

Another top prospect is coming in for a workout in Los Angeles.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Update: The Lakers officially confirmed their workout with Hield, which will be closed to the media with the guard available for questions afterward.

Original story follows.

The Los Angeles Lakers will hold a pre-draft workout for Buddy Hield on June 18th, according to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times. The senior guard from Oklahoma is generally considered to be one of the top prospects in the 2016 NBA Draft, with Draft Express ranking him as the seventh-best player in the class.

Hield averaged 25 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during his final year in Oklahoma, and it was the efficiency with which he scored that makes him most impressive. Per Sports Reference, Hield canned an astounding 45.7 percent of his three-pointers last season, giving him a calculator-breaking true-shooting percentage of 66.5 percent.

However, Hield's case for a higher pick is hurt by a few factors. One is his age, at 22 it's fair to wonder a) how much more he'll grow and b) if he was able to compile such astounding shooting in large part due to playing against overmatched kids. Additionally, Hield does not project as much of a defender or playmaker, which further lower his stock.

For the Lakers specifically, it is hard to see them taking another guard when they already have Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell and could pick a wing with higher stock, like Brandon Ingram, who could play alongside them rather than creating a minutes crunch.

The Lakers will continue to bring these top prospects in to gain experience with and knowledge about them, but Hield will probably be yet another one they'll likely ultimately pass on selecting.

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