Forget Trades, No. 2 Draft Pick Gives Rare Chance for Lakers to Build True Identity
Huffington Post - 9 months
The rumor mill has been in play for weeks that the Lakers would trade their top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The idea seemed reasonable until they landed the second pick for the second year in a row. Now the situation has gotten very, very interesting.
For a team that has seemingly worked sans roadmap, wandering the NBA Season the way a Roomba would bump and bruise its way across a living room, the team may have lucked its way into rebuilding plan.
With D'Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson at the core, the Lakers are staring at potential perfect fit in the prohibitive top picks in the upcoming draft - Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons. While the franchise needs to win now, Kobe Bryant's superstardom proved the team can still pull ratings even in a dismal season. While Kobe had 20 years to build to a farewell tour, the Lakers spotlighted Bryant from the day he was drafted. He was already the talk of the town when Shaq joined in his prime. Promoting h
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