Lakers select Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick in NBA Draft

Adam Silver after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick during the NBA basketball draft Thursday

Do you think this latest guarantee is too far-fetched, or is LaVar just trying to speak something into existence in the same way he's been doing by saying the Los Angeles Lakers will tab Lonzo with the second pick in tonight's Draft? If we've learned nothing else about LaVar Ball over the last several months, it's that he doesn't seem to worry about what's diplomatic and realistic.

The pick hardly came as a surprise as the local kid from Chino Hills had been projected to go no. 2 even before the Lakers landed the second pick in the NBA Draft Lottery.

After the worst four-year stretch in franchise history, the 16-time National Basketball Association champion Lakers are rebuilding with the point guard who led the nation with 7.7 assists per game last season for the Bruins.




Those evaluations partly explain why the Lakers also felt comfortable trading third-year guard D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

The L.A. native Ball gets his wish as he will continue to play in his hometown for the Lakers. Ball raised his family in the Los Angeles suburbs. He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot.

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