The 18-year-old forward is an ideal addition to alongside D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle:. Los Angeles as the 32nd selection in the draft with a number of promising prospects potentially still on the board once Mitch Kupchak and company are on the clock.
After making their selection at 32 overall, the 16-time NBA champions will look to NBA free agency to fill out the rest of the roster. Lakers take Duke small forward Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick.
With Ingram in the fold, the attention turns to the Lakers’ second-round draft pick. The Lakers are expected to be one of the active teams in free agency, but there’s no telling how successful the team will be pitching a young roster with a first-time head coach in Luke Walton.
Superstar Kevin Durant will more than likely be the team’s top target in free agency followed by Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford, DeMar DeRozan, and Harrison Barnes. Along with having a number of their own players like Brandon Bass, Roy Hibbert, and Metta World Peace set to hit the open market, the Lakers will pursue some of the NBA’s top free agents come July 1.
The Los Angeles Lakers headed into the 2016 NBA Draft with their sights set on bringing in a talented young player for the third consecutive year. With the Philadelphia 76ers deciding to go with Ben Simmons out of LSU with the first pick in the draft, the Lakers made the obvious choice of selecting Duke’s Brandon Ingram second overall.
According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, Ingram will be wearing purple and gold for the foreseeable future after one year at Duke under legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski