Like every offseason, the Lakers begin to scout for talent and work out prospects in hopes of drafting or signing them to either a summer league or training camp contract. This offseason will be a little different for the Lakers with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in charge. The staff at Lakers Outsiders will track and give information about every prospect that the Lakers workout before the NBA draft.
L.J. Peak, SG, Georgetown
A 21-year-old junior, Peak is one of six players to be worked out by the Lakers on Tuesday, according to Serena Winters. Peak’s length makes him for his relative lack of size and his hot shooting to finish the year adds intrigue to what was otherwise a disappointing season from behind the arc. Currently ranked as the 47th best prospect by Draft Express, Peak has potential as an offensive weapon, but it’s unclear if he will be drafted before the Lakers can purchase a late pick or sign him as an undrafted free agent.
Josh Hawkinson, PF, Washington State
A 22-year-old power forward, Hawkinson was incredibly efficient as a scorer in college, hitting 41.5 percent of his threes. He was also productive as a rebounder, grabbing more than ten boards a game. With an improved defensive ability, he is enticing in NBA circles for his size and shooting combination. Nevertheless, the senior is currently expected to go undrafted by Draft Express.
J.J. Frazier, PG, Georgia
A 5-10 point guard, Georgia’s J.J. Frazier put up big production in the SEC, scoring over 19 points per game. However, he was not an efficient scorer, hitting only 46.7 percent of his two-point shots and 31.3 percent of his threes. It’s unlikely that the 21-year-old gains any draft traction so he could be an undrafted target for LA.
Sidy Djitte, C, Clemson
Djitte is not in Draft Express’ top 100 prospects, so it’s unlikely that the Clemson senior is a draft candidate for the Lakers. With elite size, Djitte could prove to be a great defender given the opportunity. But he does not offer too many other NBA skills at this point in his career.
Kadeem Allen, PG, Arizona
Allen was a great shooter in college, hitting 42.7 percent of his threes in his senior season at Arizona. However, his playmaking left much to be desired as he averaged three assists and two turnovers per game in 30 minutes of playing time. Draft Express projects Allen to go undrafted in June.
Jamel Artis, SF, Pittsburgh
According to Michael Scott of Basketball Insiders, the Lakers will work out Jamel Artis on Tuesday. A senior, Artis is not projected to be among the 60 draftees by Draft Express. However, he does have a chance at vaulting into the conversation. Artis has good size, giving him the potential to be an effective defender at the NBA level. Add to that his improved shooting (he averaged 18.2 points per game, shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc last season), and the senior could prove to be a valuable addition, likely as an undrafted free agent.
Dominique Hawkins, G, Kentucky
Previously unreported, Hawkins joined the group workout on Monday. The 23-year-old is small by NBA standards, topping out at six feet in shoes, but his 44-inch vertical is tantalizing, to say the least. Nevertheless, he is not expected to be drafted and would likely only be worth a flyer on the summer league squad.
Thomas Bryant, F/C, Indiana
Indiana big man Thomas Bryant is among six players the Lakers plan to workout on Monday (May 22), per Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. The 6-10 19-year-old averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and has shown some potential to be a stretch-big, hitting 38.3 percent of his threes last year. Draft Express projects Bryant as the 36th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, making him a prime candidate for the Lakers with the 28th pick by way of the Houston Rockets.
Nigel Williams-Goss, PG, Gonzaga
Joining Bryant in the group workout on Monday is Williams-Goss, a 6-4 point guard from Gonzaga. The 22-year-old is projected as the 58th pick, meaning the Lakers are likely targeting him as either a bought pick late in the second round or as a potential undrafted free agent. A jack-of-all-trades, Williams-Goss led Gonzaga to a stellar season, averaging 16.8 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. With a 6’7″ wingspan, Williams-Goss has some potential as a perimeter defender.
Kyle Kuzma, PF, Utah
The nicely proportioned 6-9 Kuzma is an offensively talented power forward, projected to go 44th in the NBA draft by Draft Express. He is not a stellar shooter (hitting only 32 percent of his threes and 67 percent of his free throws) but was nevertheless able to average 16.3 points per game and show enough potential in the shooting department. He’s likely not a prime candidate for the Lakers to draft given the number of bigs on the roster already.
V.J. Beachem, SF, Notre Dame
The 22-year-old Beachem is not expected to be drafted this June, listed as the 81st best prospect on Draft Express. He was a largely inefficient scorer in college and averaged more turnovers than assists in his senior season. He does, however, have the physical tools to be a disruptive defender on the wings.
Melo Trimble, PG, Maryland
Trimble is expected to go undrafted in June so he’d likely be a summer league candidate for the Lakers. He is small at 6’2″, is not a good three-point shooter, and has a bad assist-to-turnover ration. However, he was a good scorer when he got to the rim, averaging over 17 points per game in his junior year at Maryland.
Andrew White, SG, Syracuse
At 6-7, White has great size for a shooting guard. Coupled with his great shooting at Syracuse (he hit 40 percent of his threes last year), he has legitimate potential as a 3-and-D prospect, something the Lakers desperately need. Nevertheless, at nearly 24 years old, White is not expected to be drafted, topping out at 83rd in Draft Express’ best prospects.
Nigel Hayes, F, Wisconsin
According to Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum Sportsnet, the Los Angeles Lakers will be working out Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes on Friday. Hayes was First Team All-Big Ten in 2016 and was named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year entering the 2016 season. As a senior last season, Hayes averaged 14 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from three. Draft Express ranks Nigel Hayes as the 17th-best senior, but is not currently listed in their mock draft.
Tony Bradley, C, North Carolina
The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to work out UNC freshman Tony Bradley on Friday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Bradley is a 6-10 center who averaged a nice 6.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while playing 14.5 minutes for the national champs. He is currently projected to go 42nd overall by DraftExpress, so he could be a target with the Lakers’ late first-round pick or a purchased second-rounder. However, he has not yet signed with an agent so he could opt to return to college for his sophomore year.
Deng Adel, SF/PF, Louisville
The Lakers are planning on working out Louisville sophomore Deng Adel. The forward is a raw prospect, not currently projected to be drafted by DraftExpress. And while Lakers fans are probably wary of anyone named Deng after Luol’s contract status has berated them for months, Adel is probably someone to look at as a potential training camp or summer league invite. Adel hasn’t officially signed with an agent, however, and could opt to return to Louisville, which is probably the likely scenario.
Deng Adel worked out for the Bucks, today. The Lakers and Jazz are next. He’s already worked out for the Thunder, Spurs, and Bulls (twice).
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) May 16, 2017
T.J. Williams, PG , Northeastern
The Lakers have worked out Northeastern senior T.J. Williams, perhaps targeting him as a solution for their lack of playmakers. The 6’3″ point guard averaged 21.4 points and 5.3 assists per game in his final year of college ball.
Williams is not a well-known prospect; at 22 years old and having played at a non-powerhouse school, he is not expected to be drafted by DraftExpress, which ranks him as the 32nd best senior in the NCAA. If the Lakers are legitimately interested in Williams, they would either need to trade for or buy a late second round pick or sign him as an undrafted free agent.
Tacko Fall, C, UCF
On Thursday, the Lakers worked out the University of Central Florida center Tacko Fall (H/T Silver Screen and Roll). In his sophomore campaign, Fall averaged 11 points and 9.5 rebounds, while blocking 2.6 shots per game.
Fall is freakishly tall at 7’6”. Fall, who is originally from Senegal is only 21 years old, posted a picture of his workout with Magic Johnson.
Johnson, who is 6′ 9″ looks short in comparison to Fall.
Fall is yet to sign an agent or officially declare for the NBA draft.