You can't use obviously unless you're speaking in hindsight. Russell at the time was a good pick. Porzingis would have been the better pick from a talent/potential standpoint. He also wasn't considered a reach at 2 at the time but Euro scare, LA going after a big man in FA and Russell having a bit of swagger in his game making him marketable played a factor IMO. From reading about Porzingis workouts teams were super intrigued. I believe I read somewhere that Hinkie wanted Porzingis but ownership was trying to move out of the "tanking" phase and wanted a for sure name. Porzingis would have raised too many questions with "fans".
The issues Russell had went beyond scouting. Like his work ethic and maturity. Those things I dont think can easily be sniffed out.
I still think Russell ends up being the 2nd or 3rd best player in the 2015 draft. I still think he's a better player than Devin Booker. I think he had his issues but so did the Laker front office. The Lakers don't allow themselves to operate like any other basketball team for some obvious reasons.
Please dont intentionally take my post out of context. If you want to have a real and fair discussion than we can but this is nonsense.
If we had drafted Porzingis it would have been a reach because he wasn't considered the 2nd best prospect in that draft. Because of that, there would have been complaints all throughout the rest of the offseason. Nobody complained when Ball was drafted because he WAS the consensus #2 pick, people are complaining NOW because of his play on the court. Once again these two situations have nothing in common. You are trying to force Ball into this conversation and he doesn't fit.