The Los Angeles Lakers will work out their latest crop of 2018 NBA Draft prospects Tuesday, a group the team announced will include Matt Mobley of St. Bonaventure, Manu Lecomte of Baylor, Abdul-Malik Abu of NC State, Marcus Lee of Cal, Trevon Bluiett of Xavier and Kameron Chatman of Detroit.
Bluiett is the most notable name coming to the UCLA Health Training Center this time around, although none of the players in this group are among the top 100 players in this draft class, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
Bluiett averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds on 43.1 percent shooting over his four years at Xavier, during which he also shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range. Given how lacking the Lakers were in shooters last season, that latter skill could probably give Bluiett at least some utility in Los Angeles as an undrafted free agency option for a summer league or training camp invite.
However, looking too closely at the college numbers for any of these prospects is folly, given that the (likely much smaller) role they’ll be asked to play in the NBA will be totally different from how they were used in college. That’s the advantage for the Lakers even in bringing prospects some might overlook to their facility, because it allows the front office to see these players up close and working on whatever the team wants to see them work on.
This will be the first of several workouts this week, as the Lakers are expected to have prospects at the facility nearly every day as they make one last workout push before the draft gets underway next week.