The Los Angeles Lakers have several holes on their roster after the worst season in franchise history, but arguably the largest is on the wing. The Lakers currently only have two players with the ability to play small forward under contract for next season. Nick Young will likely be traded or waived under the stretch provision this offseason, and Brown showed enough utility to suggest he can contribute next season but almost certainly isn't ready to play starter's minutes just yet.
One player the team looks ready to add to their wing rotation is Brandon Ingram, who the front office reportedly won't let get past them with the second overall pick if the Philadelphia 76ers do as expected and select Ben Simmons first in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Ingram may not be the only rookie the Lakers add to their wing rotation in the draft, as the team is set to work out Texas A&M's senior small forward Danuel House next week, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.Deveney reports that House impressed NBA executives with his performance against likely top-ten pick Jaylen Brown this week:
House is a senior who has good size for a shooting guard (6-7) and developed a reputation as a relentless defender after transferring from Houston to Texas A&M as a junior. He helped the Aggies lock up LSU star Ben Simmons three times during the season, as Simmons averaged only 12.0 points and shot 35.5 percent from the field in those games. He shut down another potential first-rounder, Baylor's Taruean Prince, in December, holding him to 2-for-8 shooting and only eight points.
But it was his play against Brown in Boston that generated some buzz about House this week. Brown is only 19 — House turns 23 this week — but against a younger talent, House looked like an NBA-ready defender.
House will almost certainly be available with the 32nd overall pick the Lakers possess in the second round, and could be a candidate if he's rising up draft boards. Alternatively, he could end up as an undrafted free agent, and depending on his workout, might be a candidate for the Lakers' summer league team.
Like many of the wing prospects the Lakers have worked out thus far, the main concern with House is his shooting after he was only able to can 30.9 percent of his three-pointers in college last season. House will need to improve in that area in order to space the floor well enough to play small forward at the NBA level.
The Lakers could certainly use an upgrade defensively on the wing after posting the worst defensive efficiency in the NBA last season. Brown, House, and Ingram could all give them a chance to do so depending on how quickly they develop.
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Update: an earlier version of this article incorrectly cited House's Draft Express ranking. Silver Screen and Roll regrets the error.