But what about the two other prospects in the consensus top four, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay?
Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
Basically, the Lakers aren't locked into K-AT or Okafor no matter what at this point, per source. Intrigued by Mudiay/Russell.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 21, 2015
The Lakers should take whichever player they believe is the best prospect, regardless of position.
Jordan Clarkson had a nice rookie season, but he is by no means good enough to warrant passing on a point guard for a lesser prospect at another position. The Lakers are too far from contention and drafting is too difficult to worry about fit. Pick the player who appears to be the best prospect. Everything else makes a hard job harder, and it’s how bad teams get stuck losing.
Towns or Okafor might be the Lakers’ best pick, but Los Angeles is wise to strongly consider Russell and Mudiay.