If Lakers Keep Their Draft Pick, Don't Assume They Target Lonzo Ball

On the court, he's one of the most dynamic offensive playmakers in the 2017 NBA Draft as a lethal slasher and gifted facilitator. In large part, this is the first opportunity for the teams to interact with the individual prospects personally.

Approaching the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery, the Suns have a 19.9 percent chance of securing the No. 1 overall pick and a 55.8 percent chance of landing a top-three pick.

However, forward Josh Jackson is another terrific option in that discussion for the No. 1 overall pick.

The early stages of this year's draft is expected to be heavy on point guards. No Jayson Tatum, Lauri Markkanen or Malik Monk.

Philly is now projected to have the No. 4 overall pick, and will also get the Lakers' pick if it falls out of the top three.

Do you think the Lakers should go after Lonzo Ball if they keep their pick? If they are fortunate enough to keep it, Fox could certainly be in play as a fast, defensive-minded point guard the team lacks.

Fultz, unlike Lonzo Ball, actually showed up in Chicago for interviews and spoke with the top-8 teams in the lottery (the Knicks are seeded seventh), according to his manager Keith Williams. While he has the height at 6-foot-3, a wingspan of 6-foot-6.5 is not out of this world (Arizona point guard Kadeem Allen, for example, measured 6-foot-2.25 in shoes with a 6-foot-9.25 wingspan). That makes him a liability on defense against the league's taller point guards, but the Mavericks just might reach out in the draft to give him some assistance.

Honestly, they beat us the first time, so I didn't want to let my team lose again. The 31st pick is basically a first-round selection in a stacked draft. The meetings can last no longer than 30 minutes.

In a recent interview with Chris B. Haynes of ESPN, one of the top point guard prospects exhibited that, even at a young age, he can break ranks with his peers by trusting his own gut feelings over the whispers of agents and "positioning". The lefty's combination of size, speed and athleticism is exceptional. "But he has the look and the feel of an National Basketball Association guard when he grows up". None of these top players would participate in 5-on-5 competition.

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