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NBA Draft 2020: Analyzing LA Lakers' options among the prospects as they contemplate keeping the 28th pick

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
Evan Tiwari
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Modified 09 Nov 2020, 02:23 IST
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With the NBA Draft 2020 around the corner, teams will be looking to spot and add the right talent in order to improve their roster and build for the future. The LA Lakers hold the 28th pick in the NBA Draft 2020, and it will be intriguing to see what the 17-time champions do with it. This article will evaluate the LA Lakers' options if they decide to keep the pick. 


NBA Draft 2020: Examining options for LA Lakers if they keep the 28th pick

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
2020 NBA Finals - Game Six

After winning a championship, the LA Lakers will be desperate to repeat the feat once again next year. The historic franchise has a busy offseason ahead, as they might lose Rajon Rondo to city rivals LA Clippers

Having a primary ball-handler is an area that needs to be addressed, and this is something Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston can fulfill. Winston was one of the best players in college basketball this past season.

Although he'll be a bit undersized running point in the NBA, he has the experience needed to get minutes right away and could be a legitimate option for the LA Lakers in the NBA Draft 2020.

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six
2020 NBA Finals - Game Six

Another option in the NBA Draft 2020 for the LA Lakers' point guard position could be Oregon's Payton Pritchard, who plays the role Rajon Rondo did last season. Pritchard is rated very highly by the scouts, and according to a few mock drafts and reports, there is mutual interest between him and the LA Lakers.

Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: Giannis Antetokounmpo could sign supermax with Milwaukee Bucks as early as next week

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The LA Lakers might also lose the center duo of Javale McGee and Dwight Howard this offseason, with the latter becoming a free agent and the former unlikely to return on his current contract. 

Rob Pelinka and the management can solve this issue by using their NBA Draft 2020 pick wisely, with Michigan State's Xavier Tillman expected to be available at the 28th spot. Tillman is defensive-minded and will fit in the Dwight Howard role of a traditional center beside power forward Anthony Davis. 

The LA Lakers have various options to look at in the NBA Draft 2020, but the LeBron James-led team will have to consider players who can fit the team in the first season itself, as the aim is to win a championship again.

Also read: NBA Trade Options: Analyzing a blockbuster deal between Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers which could lead to league's most lethal big 3

Published 09 Nov 2020, 02:23 IST
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