After a few tense moments, the basketball gods smiled upon the Los Angeles Lakers and awarded them the fourth overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Heading into the lottery, the Lakers had just a 9.4% chance of moving from the 11th pick into the top four.
Now that they have the fourth pick the Lakers will be presented with a wide variety of options. On this episode of the LN News Feed, host Trevor Lane breaks down the possibilities now that the team has a valuable asset to use.
Should they decide to hang onto the pick, Los Angeles could bolster their young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart. This could give them the ability to find sustained success well into the future if they believe that they can find a star.
However, with LeBron James turning 35 next season, there will be pressure on the Lakers to put together a roster that is ready to compete right away. With that being the case, it might make sense for them to trade their pick for an established player.
Anthony Davis is certain to be a popular name on the trade market in the coming weeks, and with the Pelicans landing the top pick, which will almost certainly be used on Zion Williamson, perhaps they will be more interested in a complete rebuild around young talent that could be acquired by shipping out an unhappy Davis.
The bottom line is that the fourth pick gives the Lakers a valuable asset to use as they see fit. Regardless of what they do, their decision will play a major role in the team’s fortunes moving forward.