With this being the last show Pete and I will record before the NBA draft on Thursday, we figured we’d do what we can to preview what promises to be an eventful night, starting with a few names to keep an eye on, then a glance at the Los Angeles Lakers needs and finally some predictions for not just Thursday, but moving forward into this offseason.
For The Athletic, Pete put together a piece on three names who stood out to him during the pre-draft workout process: Maryland’s Kevin Huerter, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo and Mitchell Robinson. Each guy offers different things, and in previous episodes, we’ve spoken about both Huerter and Robinson, so we started with DiVincenzo, of NCAA March Madness fame.
After that conversation, I offered my concerns having seen and read what I have about Robinson and bigs in general. I have a theory regarding who I’m more comfortable predicting success for between guards and bigs and, well, you’ll have to listen to learn the theory. For the record, Pete agreed with it so you know it’s at least off to a good start.
We then turn our attention to specific needs the Lakers have as we get ready for the offseason to kick into high gear. We address that topic as well as a broader conversation about how we’d prefer to handle the draft (best player available vs. need).
From there, we jumped to specific scenarios based on what the roster might look like once all the dust settles. This is a bit of a weird topic to really get into as the offseason has yet to take any form whatsoever, but it’s still worth considering what moves made on Thursday might say about where the Lakers front office seems to think this all might be heading.
We send everyone out with some predictions ranging from outright wild to borderline objective fact. What could happen Thursday that would make Laker fans celebrate as if they’ve already won the offseason? Listen and find out.
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