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Fultz, Ball, Fox headline list of point guards in NBA draft

Fultz, Ball, Fox headline list of point guards in NBA draft

While Ball has not received a promise from Los Angeles, the Lakers decision to trade away D'Angelo Russell on Tuesday was a pretty good indication that they're leaning towards taking a point guard with that No. 2 pick. The 76ers, selecting first for the second straight year, should take Fultz before Magic Johnson takes Ball with the Lakers again in the No. 2 spot, which is exactly what the UCLA guard and his father, LaVar, want.

After much posturing, the Lakers have finally selected UCLA star point guard Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Moments later, Lonzo's signature ZO2 shoes were being offered for sale in Lakers colors on the company's website.

The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night, eagerly accepting the potential risks and enormous rewards surrounding the sublime UCLA playmaker with an attention-grabbing father. Teams will play off of him and go under ball screens until he develops a consistent jumper.

For a time, there appeared to be a genuine split within the Lakers as whether to draft Ball or Jackson, but as the Draft approached, the Lakers began settling in on Ball as their man.

Following the selection LaVar was willing to make more guarantees, saying that his son would lead the Lakers back to the playoffs as a rookie.




As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started.

Ball enjoyed every second of it. I have no say in that. The Lakers are smart enough to only allow information they want to go public to the press, and this seems to fit the criteria. "After that I think there are some guys with upside, but upside may get you fired".

"I'm a very optimistic person, but I don't look that far into the future", Walton said.

This year's 2017 NBA Draft is loaded with highly skilled talent, specifically the point guard position. The Big East player of the year scored 18.7 points per game last season and excelled as a wing defender.

Interestingly, over the past 20 seasons, only five major conference players have averaged at least 14 points, six assists and six rebounds in a single season: Ball is among that exclusive group, and so was his new head coach, Luke Walton, who did so at Arizona in 2001-2002.

"They need a leader", Ball said after working out for the Lakers recently.


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