There will be uncertainty regarding who the Los Angeles Lakers will select with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft until the moment Adam Silver calls the player up to the podium, but it won't stop the rest of us from trying to guess who the choice will be until it's official.
One of the most popular ways people try to guess these selections is with mock drafts, which have pretty much projected Los Angeles to pick Brandon Ingram since the draft order was officially determined. The latest mock from Chad Ford of ESPN (Insider subscription required) is no different in that outcome. How it is slightly different is that for this version of his mock, Ford picked the players he thinks the teams should select, rather than which ones he necessarily thinks they will select.
That change didn't make much of a difference, because Ford thinks the Lakers should take Ingram, however, the player he thinks would make a good backup choice for the team is a bit surprising:
Ingram is a perfect fit for the Lakers. They desperately need a small forward who can stretch the floor and guard multiple positions. While he's super thin, he's built wiry and tough and I think that will allow him to excel, even if he never gains much weight.
While Marquese Chriss is a very intriguing option here, I think Ingram has a similar ceiling with a much higher floor.
Ford is on point with everything he writes regarding Ingram and his fint, but Chriss is a bit of a surprising name for him to throw out here, mainly because most mocks don't even project him in the top-five, much less second overall.
Still, it appears that most analysts' opinions, in addition to the reports we have available, are all pointing to Ingram going second overall. That's a scenario most Lakers fans are surely still thrilled with.
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