The Los Angeles Lakers have left no stone unturned during their preparation for the 2016 NBA Draft, and on Saturday they brought in another projected top-ten pick for a workout. Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield was the latest player the coaching staff put through the paces, and saying he thought the session went pretty well is a bit of an understatement.
"They're losing Kobe [Bryant], and they need a scorer," Hield told the media when asked if the Lakers could select him second overall following his workout. "So why not?"
Hield can certainly score. According to the Lakers press guide, he "joined Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley as the only players in Big-12 history to average over 25 points and five rebounds per game in a season" during his senior year.
However, Hield would still be an unlikely choice for the Lakers with the second overall pick, especially with news the team is said to prefer Brandon Ingram over even consensus top choice Ben Simmons, but he didn't let that dissuade him from trying to show what he could do.
"Saved the best for last," said Hield when asked to describe his workout.
That was true to some degree, at least in the portion of the workout available to the media, where Hield showed off the jumper that made him one the NCAA's top scorers last season (video via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News):
Hield wasn't so hot during his entire workout ending jumpshot session, but it sounds like he mostly acquitted himself well:
All things considered, Hield made most of his shots during portion of his workout open to media— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 18, 2016
He also got a meet and greet session with the Lakers brass before speaking with the media:
Buddy Hield shaking hands with Jim Buss, Kupchak & coaching staff after his Lakers workout pic.twitter.com/DT7kX6wUhD— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) June 18, 2016
We'll find out if Hield actually managed to impress the Lakers enough to find a way to draft him on Thursday, June 23rd. He will likely never be able to score like his workout partner Bryant, but he certainly doesn't lack for the confidence that was such a Kobe trademark.
Lakers.com transcribed Hield's entire post-workout interview, which you can read here.
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