The Los Angeles Lakers went in to full tank mode last season following the injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Julius Randle.
That paid off them in great fashion - in stark comparison to the Knicks - with the franchise landing the second overall selection pick in this years draft.
With the draft less than a week away, it seemed certain that the Lakers were going to select either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor with that pick, depending who the Minnesota Timberwolves go with at first overall.
Draft Shock Incoming?
But could L.A. be set to go in another direction? The Lakers have needs pretty much at every spot on the court, so taking the player they believe to be the best available, regardless of position, would seem to be the most sense.
While conventional wisdom would favor them going with the big men Towns or Okafor, an exciting new point guard for the future might just be too much to turn down. Enter Emmanuel Mudiay.
The point guard, who reneged on an agreement to play his college ball at SMU and instead went to play in China in order to get paid, has been viewed many as an outsider to be drafted even in the Top-5.
However, according to a report from Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Lakers have brought Mudiay in for a second workout ahead of the draft, to get a better look at the explosive youngster.
"The Lakers made progress on that front on Thursday by hosting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay for his second pre-draft workout at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo," Medino wrote yesterday.
This seems to be a common thing for the Lakers however, as they will also be bringing in Okafor and another point guard D'Angelo Russell in for second workouts.
"Lakers hope to do the same with Duke center Jahlil Okafor and Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell. Mudiay’s individual workout was not open to the media, and the Lakers will follow the same course presuming Okafor and Russell work out again."
There are two players the Lakers won't be getting another look at however. Karl-Anthony Towns is only working out with the Timberwolves, whilst Kristaps Porzingis may have too much on his schedule for L.A to get another look at the European wonderkid.