5 Hidden Gems the LA Lakers Should Target in NBA Draft’s 2nd Round

The Los Angeles Lakers will have the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft for the second year in a row come June 23rd's proceedings at the Barclay’s Center. But let’s not forget about their other selection—a respectable No. 32 that could help augment a position of need.

Years of abysmal records have allowed the Lakers to build a young core through the lottery as well as late first- and early-to-mid second-round picks.

Case in point: Jordan Clarkson was obtained when L.A. purchased the 46th choice from the Washington Wizards in 2014. Clarkson quickly became a Cinderella story, finishing his debut season as a first-team All-Rookie honoree.

Last year brought Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown into the fold as the 27th and 34th selections, respectively. The high-flying Nance Jr. earned steady frontcourt minutes while Brown saw far less playing time, although he has real potential as a three-and-D wing.

It’s fair to assume the Lakers will nab either LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram at No. 2. Ingram in particular would go a long way toward solving the need for a quality small forward. But there’s still some gaping holes in the roster, especially when it comes to the center position as well as the necessity for outside shooters.  

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