NBA Mock Draft Round-Up: Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh mocked to Lakers


Feb 6, 2014; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Aaron Gordon (11) watches from the sidelines during the second half against the Oregon Ducks at McKale Center. Arizona won 67-65. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Many Lakers fans have already switched focus to the NBA Draft, diving into mock drafts and draft profiles. Some of the more reputable sites released their latest mock drafts recently, giving a look at who the Lakers could be targeting for the draft. most recently updated their mock draft Tuesday evening, with the Lakers slotted at the #5 spot. Interestingly, they have the Lakers taking Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh over players like Dante Exum and Marcus Smart. Exum is most notable because of his interest in the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

Draft Express updated theirs on Monday, when the Lakers were still in the #8 spot. Even then, they predicted the Lakers taking Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon. Gordon has drawn comparisons to Blake Griffin or Kenneth Faried for his explosive, energetic style. A raw prospect, Gordon is seen as a bit of a project player, but one with lots of potential.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman released the first edition of his mock draft, with the Lakers slotted in the #8 spot. In a bit of a surprise, he projects the Lakers to take freshman point guard Tyler Ennis out of Syracuse. Ennis is a floor general who lacks great size or speed, but has a high basketball IQ. The Lakers very likely could be targeting a point guard, but taking Ennis inside the top ten would likely be seen as a reach.

With many, many months before the draft, nearly every prospect will be linked to the Lakers in once capacity or another. Outside of Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, and Andrew Wiggins, who would YOU like to see the Lakers draft?