The Los Angeles Lakers are going to select Brandon Ingram in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, according to BasketballInsiders.com’s latest mock draft.
The mock draft was published on March 2 by Steve Kyler; he has the Lakers selecting Ingram with the No. 2 overall pick. That pick is the only one the Lakers are going to have in the first round, according to Kyler.
The 2016 draft class does not have much to get excited about, according to Kyler; it is shaping up to be one of the weaker draft classes that the NBA has seen in recent years. Kyler believes this draft class is unlikely to produce any future superstar talent outside of the projected top two overall picks.
Therefore, the Lakers are in good position for the 2016 draft, despite only having one pick in the first round. They get to select Ingram with the second pick right after the Philadelphia 76ers select Ben Simmons with the first pick.
Ingram is expected to be a one-and-done college basketball player. He is a freshman guard at Duke University. Kyler’s mock draft has Ingram listed at 6-feet-9-inches in height and 196 pounds in weight. He is a small forward at the professional level.
If Ingram is selected to play in L.A., he will be joining a struggling team that has a young but talented core. He, alongside current Lakers D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, will be faced with the lofty expectation of returning the storied franchise to NBA glory during its post-Kobe Bryant era.
Bryant is playing in his 20th and final NBA season. He was instrumental in helping the Lakers franchise win its last five NBA titles, the most recent of which was in 2010. Since then, the Lakers have been unable to make a deep run in the playoffs when they have gone; their last playoff appearance was in 2013.
The Lakers are on track to finish the 2015-16 season with another losing record. The past few seasons for L.A. have been the worst in franchise history. Kyler’s mock draft, however, projects that the team’s future will be a lot brighter than its present, starting with the 2016 NBA Draft.
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