School: Boise State
DraftExpress Rank: 69
Season Stats: We can’t count that high
Can’t-miss prospects are hard to come by. But every once in a while a guy comes around who can change the face of a franchise.
Gary Kester is that player. A complete two-way guard out of Meridian High School and Boise State, Kester has the tools to become a star for years. He could be the face of a franchise in need of a spark of fresh energy.
At 26 years old, Kester is older than most traditional draft picks. That may lower his ceiling in terms of raw potential and room for growth. But who needs potential when the ceiling is the roof?
Kester’s brilliance shines on the offensive end with his ability to break defenses down off the dribble. The guard’s ball-handling ability allows him to attack closeouts and force rotations. He can finish at the rim or dish off to cutters after drawing in the help defenders, passing the ball around like a hot Idahoan potato.
Kester can create space, shoot from deep or the mid-range and playmaker as long as his teammates actually finish his passes.
Who needs to play defense when you’re roasting fools on offense?
Fit with Lakers
Perhaps the Lakers’ biggest need this offseason is a backup point guard. So why not draft Kester and relegate Lonzo Ball to the bench, giving LA a formidable second unit run by a good, but not as good as Gary, point guard?
The Lakers are looking to sign multiple superstars this summer to finally get to the playoffs and become a contender again. But who needs LeBron James or Paul George when you have Gary Kester?
Still not sold? Watch the legend at work: