Lakers Draft Lonzo Ball With No. 2 Pick

Lakers Draft Lonzo Ball With No. 2 Pick

The Sixers had acquired the top slot in a trade with the Boston Celtics, who now have the third pick.

With the Lakers, University of Los Angeles guard Lonzo Ball potentially represents what the Lakers have been seeking.

And following the pick Johnson took to Twitter to welcome the newest Laker, a player who the five-time National Basketball Association champion says was the team's first choice all along.

Lonzo Ball and his dad are staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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For a time, there appeared to be a genuine split within the Lakers as whether to draft Ball or Jackson, but as the Draft approached, the Lakers began settling in on Ball as their man. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

Ball and the Lakers have always been seen as the likely pairing, but the Lakers did their due diligence along the way.

Ball will begin to answer those questions when he plays on the Lakers' Summer League team in July, but true clarity won't emerge until the 2017-18 season. He will step in and become the team's starting point guard right away as the Lakers traded away guard D'Angelo Russell earlier this week.

In his only year at UCLA, Ball scored 14.6 points per game, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

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