Despite the confusion, the Los Angeles Lakers do have draft picks this offseason, specifically the 22nd selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. After an injury-riddled season, they are looking to add talent as soon as possible to try and return to the NBA Finals in 2022. Talen Horton-Tucker was the last guy that the team landed and he’s shown plenty of talent. As July 29th approaches, the Lakers will bring in potential selections, in addition to adding some guys who may go undrafted. Notable 22nd picks in the NBA Draft include Norm Nixon (1980s champion with the Lakers), Jared Dudley (current Laker), Kenneth Faried, and Scott Skiles.
To help you stay on top of who the Lakers may draft this year, we have organized this list to show the draftees that have been connected to the Lakers in some way.
Chris Duarte – Oregon Ducks – F/G – Rumored promise between him and the Lakers
Duarte is one of the older prospects of this draft, but he is also one of the best shooters in the draft. The Dominican Republic native shot 42.4% from the field on 5.5 attempts per game in his final season with the Ducks.
17.1 points (53.2 FG%), 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals per game in his 2020-21 season.
Murphy looks like a prototypical 3&D wing. He stands at 6’9 with a 7-foot wingspan. He shot 43.3 percent from long range last season. He’s 21 years old and could carve out a small role as a rookie on a team that needs length and shooting on the wing. Murphy interviewed with the Lakers during the predraft process.
11.3 points (50.3 FG%, 43.3 3P%) per game, 92.7% from the free-throw line in his 2020-21 season.
Corey Kispert – Gonzaga Bulldogs – F – Combine interview with the Lakers
The 6’7” wing from Gonzaga is coming off his senior year with his alma mater, and it was his best season by far as he became known as one of the most lethal three-point shooters in the country before his Zags were beaten by Baylor in the national championship.
18.6 points (52.9 FG%, 44.0 3P%), 5.0 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Jaden Springer – Tennessee Volunteers – G – Combine interview with the Lakers
Springer will end up being one of the youngest players in the 2021 NBA Draft, as he will turn 19 just before the 2021-22 NBA season starts. According to tankathon.com, he’s slated to be drafted around the 18th pick so this prospect may be out of the Lakers’ reach.
12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
Alan Griffin – Syracuse Orangemen – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Griffin hopes to prove that he can score at any level and catch the eye of scouts from his workouts.
13.1 points (43.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%), 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.2 steals in his 2020-21 season.
Anthony Tarke – Coppin State Eagles – G/F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Tarke fits the profile of a two-way wing that can come in now and translate to the NBA. He is a four-year man that took home MEAC Defensive and overall Player of the Year.
16.1 points (47.3 FG%, 32.1 3P%) and 8.2 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Austin Reaves – Oklahoma Sooners – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Reaves is a combo guard with plenty of experience. He is 6’5 and showed some great passing and playmaking at OU.
18.3 points (44.3 FG%), 5.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
Carlik Jones – Louisville Cardinals – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Jones showed plenty of steady scoring at Louisville. He also has a nose for the ball on the defensive end. He’s a likely undrafted guy that could get some Summer League burn.
16.8 points and 1.4 steals per game in his 2020-21 season.
Chaundee Brown Jr. – Michigan Wolverines – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Brown is a solid guard that can finish at the rim (77.1 percent) and has good size at 6’5.
8 points (48.8 FG% and 41.9 3P%) per game in his 2020-21 season.
Cody Riley – UCLA Bruins – F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Riley did work out for the Lakers, but it appears that he is withdrawing from the draft and going back to UCLA.
10 points (53.8 FG%), 5.4 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
DJ Funderburk – North Carolina State Wolfpack – F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Funderburk is a 6’10 forward that has exhibited length and shooting from the forward position. He may be a long shot to hear his name on draft night but could get some Summer League opportunities.
12.6 points (56.2 FG%) and 5.6 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Eugene Omoryi – Oregon Ducks – F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
A big physical wings that anchored the Ducks in all facets last season. He showed that he can shoot and be a disruptor on defense when needed.
17.1 points (47.4 FG% and 40 3P%) and 5.4 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Feron Hunt – SMU Mustangs – F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Hunt is played as an anchor in SMU’s frontcourt last season. He brought the team physicality and efficiency – he shot 56 percent from the field.
11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Giorgia Bezhanishvili – Illinois Fighting Illini – F/C – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
The Georgia (the country not the state) big man has great energy and athleticism despite being undersized at his position (6’9).
5.1 points (54.5 FG%, 50 3P%) per game in his 2020-21 season.
Greg Brown – Texas Longhorns – F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Brown is an intriguing prospect with NBA-level athleticism and defensive tools. He stands at 6’9 and can work at either forward position. He could be available at the 22nd spot depending on his workout performances.
9.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Jason Preston – Ohio Bobcats – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
A 6’4 guard with passing and playmaking chops. He led the Bobcats to an upset over the Virginia Cavaliers in last season’s NCAA tournament. He’s generated buzz to possibly get into the first round.
15.7 points (51.4 FG%, 39 3P%), 7.3 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
Jayvon Graves – Buffalo Bulls – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Graves is a steady guard that has experience at both the point and shooting position. He would look to bring scoring experience after spending four years at Buffalo.
14.2 points (40.9 FG%, 28.1 3P%) and 1.4 steals per game in his 2020-21 season.
Jeremiah Tilmon – Missouri Tigers – C – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Tilmon is a banger and has solid size as a college big. He’s slated to go undrafted on Thursday, but may get a look when the smoke clears.
12.4 points on 61.4 percent shooting and 1.4 blocks per game in his 2020-21 season.
Josh Christopher – Arizona State Sun Devils – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Arguably one of the most talented prospects in the draft, Christopher brings a combination of explosive athleticism and scoring. The 6’5 wing also has tremendous defensive potential.
14.3 points (43.2 FG%, 30.5 3P%), 4.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game in his 2020-21 season.
Joshua Primo – Alabama Crimson Tide – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Primo is the youngest player in this draft, but his game says otherwise. He was one of the best SEC shooters and defenders. He would bring much-needed wing size (6’6) and capable shooting from long range.
8.1 points (43.1 FG%, 38.1 3P%) and 3.4 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
LJ Figueroa – Oregon Ducks – G/F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Figueroa is an older player at 23 years old. He is a wing with size (6’6) and has professional basketball experience from the Dominican Republic.
12.3 points (46.7 FG%, 37.7 3P%), 6.1 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Marcus Zegarowski – Creighton Bluejays – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
The Lakers covet shooting, and Zegarowski is a shooter. In his three seasons at Creighton, he shot over 40% in 92 games played.
15.8 points (46.4 FG%, 42.1 3P%) per game in his 2020-21 season.
Matt Coleman III – Texas Longhorns – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Coleman is a speedy guard with ballhandling capability. He also is a solid defender that could be a guy that they can add on the G-League with South Bay, unless they buy a second-rounder.
13.2 points (48.5 FG%, 37.7 3P%) per game in his 2020-21 season.
Mitch Ballock – Creighton Bluejays – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Ballock is an absolute knockdown shooter with lots of experience. He’s slated to be an undrafte guy.
9.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting from the three-point line per game in his 2020-21 season.
Na’Shon “Bones” Hyland – Virginia Commonwealth Rams – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Easily the best nickname in the 2021 NBA Draft, “Bones” Hyland played for the famed VCU. He’s a 6’3 shooter that can hit shots from deep – 43.4 percent as a freshman and 37.1 percent in his sophomore year. He may be available in the first round.
19.5 points (44.7 FG%, 37.1 3P%) per game in his 2020-21 season.
Oscar Da Silva – Stanford Cardinals – F/C – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Da Silva is an active forward that provides some scoring punch and defense. He took home the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year, so he would fit into the Lakers’ philosophy. He’s likely slated as a second-round or undrafted player.
18.5 points (56.9 FG%), 6.7 rebounds, 1 block per game in his 2020-21 season.
Neemias Queta – Utah State Big Blues – C – Combine interview with the Lakers
Queta is the one true center that the Lakers have been linked to, boasting a 7’0” height and an even more impressive 7’4” wingspan. The wingspan led to the impressive blocks per game statistic below.
14.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.7 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
Miles “Deuce” McBride – West Virginia Mountaineers – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
McBride is a two-way guard standing at 6’2. He made his name a strong defender in the Big 12 where he thrived at the point of attack. Deuce also adds solid court vision that could be intriguing to the Lakers.
15.9 points on 41.4% from three-point range in his 2020-21 season.
D’Mitrik Trice – Wisconsin Badgers – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Trice is a senior guard that started 77 of his 112 career games at Wisconsin. He’s a lead guard with shot of 37.3 percent from long range. He is a player that you could see on the Lakers Summer League roster.
13.9 points and 4 assists in his 2020-21 season.
Jordan Schakel – San Diego State Aztecs – G/F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Schakel is a prospect that brings shooting and size at the guard/forward position. He stands at 6’6 and last season he was a blistering 46.1 percent from behind the arc. He’s projected to be a 2nd round guy on many draft boards, which the Lakers could possibly buy into.
14.4 points on 46.1% from three-point range in his 2020-21 season.
Isaiah Todd – G League Ignite – F/C – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Todd is a unique prospect as an early G-League entry. He’s an 18-year-old big whose 6’11 stature and athleticism are intriguing. Todd posted a 35.5” vertical at the combine. He may not play right away but could serve as a building block in the Lakers’ future.
12.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
Javonte Smart – LSU Tigers – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Smart is a combo guard that brings ball-handling and play-making. His size at 6’4 gives him an NBA-ready body. He’s an athlete that should get a look in the 2nd round.
16 points and 4 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
JaQuori McLaughlin – UCSB Gauchos – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
McLaughlin is a shooter and playmaker with lots of experience. Despite being projected as a second-round prospect, he would be a player that could come in and contribute right away.
16 points and 5.2 assists per game during the 2020-21 season.
Matthew Hurt – Duke Blue Devils – F – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Hurt projects as a stretch forward that spent his college career under the tutelage of one of basketball’s best minds in Coach K. He has proven that he can score, especially from three.
18.3 points and 44.4% from the three-point line during the 2020-21 season.
Ayo Dosunmu – Illinois Fighting Illini – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Dosunmu is a combo guard that can flat-out get buckets and give a team versatility. He fits the mold of a play-now guard that is sure to be in the range of the Lakers’ 22nd pick.
20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in his 2020-21 season.
Sandro Mamukelashvili – Seton Hall Pirates – C – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Mamukelashvili is a versatile big man that brings versatility to the floor. At 6’11, he showed he can handle the ball, shoot, and exhibit athleticism at the college level. He could be a sleeper if the Lakers love his workout.
17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in his 2020-21 season.
Mac McClung – Texas Tech Raiders – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
McClung is an outstanding athlete at the guard position. He combines those skills with scoring that should catch the eye of any team looking for depth at that position.
15.5 points per game in his 2020-21 season.
Balsa Koprivica – Florida State Seminoles – C – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Koprivica is a young center that has shown a good understanding of the game. He’s known for good touch around the rim and solid defense with the talented FSU program. Koprivica is 7’1 with a 7’4 wingspan, so it’s a good reason why he is so intriguing.
9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
MaCio Teague – Baylor Bears – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Teague is coming off his Senior year with Baylor in which he won the national championship. In a trend seen within these workouts, Teague is also a suitable shooter with a 39.5% clip from deep in his final collegiate season. Negatives include his height (6’3”) and his age (24 years old).
15.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
Spencer Littleson – Toledo Rockets – G – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Littleson isn’t expected to be any more than a possible 2nd-round prospect (if that). However, he has one of the better 3P% you will see from the 2020-21 season, making 47.2% of his 7.2 three-point attempts per game.
13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
Jose Alvarado – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – PG – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Alvarado knows how to put the ball in the basket, however, he’d automatically be the shortest Laker on the team as he’s listed at 6’0”.
15.2 points (50.4 FG%, 39.0 3P%), 3.6 assists per game in his 2020-21 season.
Brandon “BJ” Boston Jr. – Kentucky Wildcats – SG – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Boston would be a work-in-progress for the Lakers, coming into the draft at the ripe age of 19 years old. He’s projected to fall around the top of the second round despite his 6’7” height and 6’10” wingspan as he had a rough Freshman year at Kentucky.
11.5 points (35.5 FG%, 30.0 3P%), 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game in his 2020-21 season.
Moses Wright – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – PF – Pre-draft workout with Lakers
Wright dominated in the post during his Senior year at Georgia Tech, but he comes in with poor free-throw shooting and an awkward height for a big man in the NBA (6’9”). He will be lucky to come in at the end of the second round of the draft.
17.4 points, 8.0 rebounds per game in his 2020-21 season.
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