In preparation for the NBA draft later this month, the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday will host their first two sessions of pre-draft workouts at the team’s training facility stationed in El Segundo.
The morning session will feature Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis, Pepperdine’s Brendan Lane, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, and Kentucky’s James Young. The afternoon session will features Arizona’s Aaron Gordon, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Duke’s Rodney Hood, UCLA’s Zach LaVine, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton.
The players that stand out the most from the first round of workouts are Gordon, Vonleh, and Smart, who have all been projected in many mock drafts to be selected or around the Lakers at their seventh overall pick. The team is said to have interest in Smart and Vonleh as possible choices at their spot. Vonleh is seen as a power forward thatis a solid defender with great rebounding skills, and has decent shooting range, but is considered to be a project in terms of his low-post game.
Smart, who was interviewed by the Lakers at last month’s NBA Combine, is a point guard that feisty defender with quick hands and the ability to guard a multitude of players. On offense, he has the ability to get to the rim but needs to develop a consistent outside shot. As for Gordon, he is looked as a tweener at both forward positions that is a solid defender with great athleticism, but also has a raw offensive game.
One name notably left off Wednesday’s workouts is Kentucky’s Julius Randle, but Los Angeles is expected to hold a few more groups of workouts as the draft nears on June 26.
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