Most thought the Los Angeles Lakers were done looking at lower-tier, undrafted free agency prospects, but the team will bring in at least one more crop of such players Friday as they continue to prepare for the 2017 NBA Draft
The Lakers announced they would bring Jabari Bird of the University of California at Berkeley, James Blackmon Jr. of Indiana, Tyler Cavanaugh of George Washington, Isaiah Hicks of North Carolina, Devin Robinson of Florida and Michael Smith of California Baptist in for workouts in front of the front office.
Only Blackmon, Hicks and Robinson are rated among DraftExpress’ top-100 prospects, with Robinson ranking highest at 49th.
The Gators junior is a straight-line driver with no ball skills, but decent athleticism and might translate to a three-and-D kind of guy, but Anthony Brown looms overhead as an older guy who projected in the same way without any ball skills to back up any other part of his profile. Robinson averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds last season.
The Lakers don’t have a pick in the second round and are likely looking at these guys as options for their Las Vegas Summer League team. The NBA Draft will take place June 22.