As the 2016 NBA Draft Combine continues to roll along, the Lakers will begin to zero-in on some of the prospects in attendance. Keeping their protected draft pick will put them in position to draft in the top three slots. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the clear-cut top two picks in this year’s draft, but who will come after them? If the Lakers draw the third selection, they will have a second tier of prospects to pick from.
Among that group are a handful of elite guard prospects, including Kentucky’s Jamal Murray. Last night at the combine, the Lakers interviewed Murray, according to WDRB 41 Louisville’s Rick Bozich.
The Los Angeles Lakers interviewed UK guard Jamal Murray Wednesday night and were impressed. Murray will not play or do interviews here.
— rickbozich (@rickbozich) May 12, 2016
Murray averaged 20 points (.454 FG%, .405 3PT%), 5.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his lone season at Kentucky. He is DraftExpress’ #6 overall prospect. The Lakers could be looking for a new backcourt-mate for former second overall pick, D’Angelo Russell. With the expected return of Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers could be seeking a supremely young and talented backcourt rotation.
The guard did not participate in any of the Combine’s measurements.
Jamal Murray did not do measurements, which the NBA calls “anthropometric stats.”
— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) May 12, 2016
It’ll be interesting to keep track of which prospects the Lakers take a liking to during their time in Chicago. There are plenty of possibilities for what Mitch Kupchak and company can do with their draft choice, so keep an eye out for any names involved with the Lakers.
All stats are from sports-reference.com*