Weighing strengths and weaknesses from what I'm reading, I still want Lonzo. His play-making seems to be the best skill out of any of the prospects in discussion at number 2. That gives him the highest upside. Not only that, it's something the Lakers really need. I don't think D'Angelo is a primary play-maker. I think he can really benefit from somebody else making plays and him spending most of games in "attack" mode looking for his own offense.
His defense and lack of ability to get his own shot are major concerns, but the other guys aren't without their faults too. I think the Lakers can cover Lonzo and D'Angelo with better defenders at the other 3 spots and good team defense. Ingram has potential on defense. PF and C probably aren't set anyway, IMO.
* "Set" as in a guy the team should be looking to be a core player going forward. As much as I like Zubac, it's hard to put him in that discussion right now as a 2nd round draft pick with limited on-the-court experience. I'm not sure about Randle's fit going forward, even though he has a nice skill-set.
The thing is, the Lakers don't necessarily need a player that can get his own shot. Russell and Ingram have proven that both are capable of doing so. Lonzo is an ideal fit because despite not having all the moves in his toolbox to create his own shot in the mid-range, he seems to be a dependable 3-Point shooter that can help us spread the floor.
There's no doubt there are some glaring concerns in Lonzo's game. The shot creating ability is always going to be brought up. However, the idea that he is a poor defender and subpar athlete makes no sense to me whatsoever as I have not seen a single scouting report that states his defense and athleticism are a weak-point. He averaged more steals and blocks in comparison to Fox as well.
Advocates for Fox never seem to bring up some of the glaring concerns in his game which go far beyond just his poor shooting ability. At 6'3 he weighs just 170 pounds. He's going to have a tough time finishing with contact at the rim which is where a majority of his points are scored.
I like Fox, I think he's a solid prospect. However, I feel most people are judging his play and edging him over Lonzo simply due to his 39 point outbreak during March Madness. Fultz and Ball are the top two prospects in this draft and it isn't even close. Jackson and Fox round out the next tier with their elite athleticism and speed but there nowhere near the top 2.
Why do people act as if D'Angelo is an extremely poor defender? It is evident that he has learned how to utilize his length. If placed at the 2 guard, he'll no longer have to stay in front of smaller and much quicker point guards. In the Western Conference, saturated with elite guards and the modern era being primarily run through high screen and rolls, individual defense is minor. What's important is team defense.
Edited by LakeShow1o1, May 19, 2017 - 06:02 PM.