Lonzo Ball was taken behind Markelle Fultz, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. "If I can come halfway short, you know it'll be good".
The Lakers were a 26-win team last season, so that's a helluva turnaround to guarantee. His motion prevents him from shooting off the dribble moving to his right, a considerable flaw for a player chosen second overall in a draft considered to be loaded with talent.
The Lakers haven't made the NBA Playoffs since 2013, a once inconceivable thought for a franchise with the second most championships (16) and most finals appearances (31) in NBA history.
Bryant was the second IN player selected on Thursday, joining OG Anunoby, who went IN the first round at No. 23 overall to the Toronto Raptors. "All I can do is go out there and play".
"He's the type of player that, when he's on the floor, all four guys that are out there with him become better instantly", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
"Welcome to the team Lonzo Ball".
"I think it will make it more challenging a little bit".
When asked if Ball's style of play will stay similar to what he showed while at UCLA, he left no room for concern.
Thanks to their pre-draft trade of guard D'Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers have a ton of cap space and flexibility in being able to lure-and hopefully land Palmdale-born product in Paul George, now of the Indiana Pacers.
During his three years with the Swoops, Kuzma steadily improved as a shooter, but there's still reason to be skeptical about how much of that will translate to the National Basketball Association.