Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Fultz, Ball, Smith headline list of point guards in NBA Draft

Fultz, Ball, Smith headline list of point guards in NBA Draft

I always tell [De'Aaron], let your game speak for it.

Unfortunately for the Suns, Ford's mock has neither Lonzo Ball nor Josh Jackson available to them at No. 4, as he has the point guard going to the Lakers at two and the forward to the Celtics (who just trade the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers) at three.

The Kentucky Wildcats were one game away, actually one shot away, from the Final Four past year and were led by dynamic duo in the backcourt De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk.

Even though Lonzo isn't technically a member of the Lakers just yet, he was asked by SC's Michael Smith and Jemele Hill to talk about what his pitch would be to LeBron once he becomes a free agent. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists a game as a freshman last season.

Yeah, it's easy to see why National Basketball Association teams are so intrigued with Ball's skillset.

In one scenario, the Lakers would send fourth-year forward Julius Randle as well as their No. 27 and 28 draft picks to IN for George. Isaac has the most upside, but the Suns drafted two players a year ago with long developmental timelines and aren't sure they're ready to do that with Isaac as well.

UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) reacts as he walks back up court against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Ball has not interviewed or worked out with any other teams in the hopes of being taken by his hometown Lakers. Many argue Ball's and UCLA's successes were a bit skewed due to the weakness of the PAC 12 and the fact that there were only four NCAA Tournament teams from that conference.

"There are teams around the league that are interested in Paul George who are rooting for him to be traded to the Lakers now so that he goes there and they suck, and he says, 'Oh boy, I need to get somewhere else".

Fox scored a game-high 39 points against Ball's 10 points in their Sweet 16 matchup. "No one is going to take De'Aaron Fox over him because of one game". Pacers have been reluctant to go out and acquire star players to pair with him.

Like this: