The Los Angeles Lakers have had a great deal of success in the later portions of the NBA Draft since 2014, nabbing contributors in Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, Jr., Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart, with Thomas Bryant waiting in the wings. They have a shot to do it once again after sacrificing Clarkson and Nance at the altar of cap space, acquiring the 25th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft from the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with the expiring contracts of Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.
Mitchell Robinson may be that guy. The talented, 20-year old from Chalmette High School (LA) has an unusually high ceiling for a prospect who might be available at the 25th pick, as a fluid athlete with flickers of perimeter ability. He’s also raw. His fundamentals are spotty, as is often the case with players whose physical dominance in high school can mask technical flaws.
Let’s take a closer look at his game.
There was a recent rumor that the Lakers have extended Robinson a promise, prompting him to withdraw from the NBA Draft Combine, but last Wednesday’s workout at The Sports Academy in Newbury Park, CA for multiple NBA teams suggests that isn’t the case.
But even though he’ll have no shortage of suitors, I have heard that the Lakers would love to add an athletic, above-the-rim big man to their already talented core, even if he’s not as ready-made as their recent draft steals.