The Los Angeles Lakers have known where they’re going to pick in the 2020 NBA draft for over a week now, but draft talk is just now starting heat up because the results of the draft lottery are officially locked in, at least until teams start trading on draft night.
Assuming the Lakers aren’t one of the teams that trade up or down the draft board on draft night, they’ll be picking 28th. For some teams, that might not garner too much excitement, but for Lakers fans, it’s almost as good as having a lottery pick because of how much success they’ve had with their late draft picks in recent years.
The downside to having a pick so late in the first round is that there is hardly ever a “consensus 28th pick,” so we have to look at what the experts are saying to have an idea of which direction the Lakers will go. More often than not, these mock drafts don’t hold much weight, but it gives us an opportunity to talk about a prospect or two. Let’s what the experts are saying this week:
SB Nation: Grant Riller, G, Charleston
ESPN: Tyler Bey, F, Colorado
Bleacher Report: Cassius Winston, G, Michigan State
The Athletic: Cassius Winston, G, Michigan State
Cassius Winston would be a safe pick for the Lakers. In his four years at Michigan State, Winston established himself as one of college basketball’s most deadly scorers, both in the pick-and-roll and in catch-and-shoot situations. During his senior year, he averaged 18.6 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, including 43% from 3-point range on 5.6 attempts per game.
To put it plainly, he’s a bucket.
The question for Winston is whether or not his elite shot-making will translate to the next level? And if it doesn’t, will his underwhelming size and physical ability make him unplayable, or is basketball IQ so impressive that he finds other ways to impact the game?
There’s no way of knowing at this point, but his ideal ceiling is a perfect complement to LeBron James and Anthony Davis because of his shot-making ability. For that reason, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Winston get drafted by the Lakers.
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