2017 NBA Mock Draft: Where Will College Basketball’s Best End Up?

3. Los Angeles Lakers – SF Josh Jackson – Kansas

The Lakers need talent…plain and simple. While all of Los Angeles (including LaVar Ball and Magic Johnson) would love to see Ball don the purple and gold, it’s far from a slam-dunk. Should the Lakers see their pick fall outside the Top-3, it will go to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jackson will instantly upgrade the Lakers’ overall athleticism and defensive capabilities. His versatile nature allows for him to guard multiple positions on the floor. Jackson plays with tons of energy, and thrives out in the open court. While Ball might be a better fit, a Jackson-Brandon Ingram pairing could also be rather intriguing.

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4. Orlando Magic – PG De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky

Against Ball and UCLA in the Sweet 16, Fox set a freshman-record with the most points (39) in a single NCAA Tournament game by a freshman. The Texas native lived in the paint — blowing by defenders with supreme quickness and agility. Fox also demonstrated soft touch around the rim, and gave fans Tony Parker flashbacks with a crafty (and effective) teardrop.

Orlando may be ready to give up on the Elfrid Payton experiment. Payton hasn’t been overly consistent, and the Magic are in desperate need of something to lead the team into the future. Fox is a high-character individual, and has all the tools to be an elite point guard in the NBA. Assuming his jumper improves, he could be a left-handed version of John Wall.

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