Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pick


While there might not be a surprise with the No. 1 overall pick, as the Philadelphia 76ers have already traded up to take Washington's Markelle Fultz, it's not clear how the rest of the top 10 could shake out.

The Lakers have been linked to Ball throughout the entire draft process, and it will be a shock if they take anyone over him.

"I heard it", Fox told ESPN Monday. "I had a good feeling I was going to be staying home". "I'm a very optimistic person, but I don't look that far into the future", Walton said at the team's practice facility, where a group of season-ticket holders and sponsors gathered for a draft party.

So while the league has rapidly trended toward stretching the floor on offense, opening the lane, exploiting defensive mismatches off the dribble, Jackson's two best assets are a relatively cumbersome duo-the 7-foot-3 Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez, a skilled 6-foot-11 post player from Spain. "That's what we talked about".

"This, I think, has a chance to be a historic draft", Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden said. Lonzo Ball has a high ceiling because of his play-making ability and should be among the league leaders in assists as a rookie.

Just a couple of days ago, the Lakers traded away point guard D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets in what has been seen as a cost-cutting measure.

"My dad loved him and loved the way the Lakers played". As always, their will be a ton of trades during the draft.

"We don't need that attention", Kentucky guard Malik Monk said. "We felt the value of adding the one pick now was the right thing at the expense of only losing one of four going forward".

FRESHMAN FUN: The record of 14 freshmen selected in the first round might last just one year.

There's a quartet of touted one-and-done college players along with an 18-year-old worldwide prospect with size and athleticism.

DULL DRAFT: Neither Golden State nor Cleveland, who met in the NBA Finals, has a pick in the two-round draft.

Speaking of Ball, the line of him being drafted by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers is -260, while there's a +200 payout if he's selected by any other team.

The Phoenix Suns will select fourth, followed in order by the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento again. "I've got an opportunity to play basketball and that's all I ask for".

"It's just how it works". With three picks in the first round, the Lakers can make a lot of possible moves to shake this draft up.

Draft week is here, and boy - it's honestly been more exciting than the entirety of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs.

While there are some questions revolving around Lonzo Ball's skills and his father's involvement in his career before it's really started, he offers quite a bit to any team.