I think the Lakers need to completely revamp their scouting and their draft decision-making. The Lakers haven't done well with their early first round picks. The Lakers didn't even do well with their late 1st and 2nd round picks in last year's draft.
A lot of fans are singing D'Angelo's praises, but I think his success is mostly based on having a really hot hand as a shooter for a month. I want to see how he does for the rest of this season and next season. I would still rather have Porzingis for now.
With regards to the high-end picks, they've picked the best available player in each of the past few drafts and those guys have followed a typical developmental curve so far. Randle has been better than expected actually putting up really good numbers. D-Lo came in as a super young point guard who took a few years to become the all-star that he is today. Historically, point guards take longer to develop so that's hardly a surprise. BI was the 2nd youngest player in the draft and came in as a project with ways to go physically and he's improved a lot from where he was coming in. That draft was all about Simmons and BI. Lonzo is only in year 2 and is already a top5 defender at his position, which is unheard of, was the youngest to rack up a triple-double and will be a star despite his funky shot.
Could we have done better? Sure.
Instead of Randle we could have taken Jokic (picked 41st) or Capela (picked 25th). Those would have been a stretch at the time.
Instead of D-Lo we could have taken Kristaps (4th) or Winslow (10th). IMO we just be happy that we didn't go with Okafor.
Instead of Ingram we could have taken ....who?
Instead of Lonzo we could have taken Tatum, Fox or Mitchell. Lonzo was a better prospect than all of those guys and i'd still go with Lonzo. I dont care what anyone thinks.