Los Angeles Lakers: How are all the Lakers’ draft choices doing?

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2016 Draft

Brandon Ingram– The No. 2 pick developed more slowly than many Lakers fans wanted. Many prematurely concluded that he would never live up to his draft status. But he has proved all the naysayers wrong.

In three seasons with the Lakers, he averaged nearly 14 points and five rebounds a game while improving his scoring each year. He went to New Orleans in the Anthony Davis trade and has thrived.

He’s averaging over 25 points and six boards per game while hitting 40 percent of his 3-point attempts. And he is still only 22 years old! If he re-signs with the Pelicans, he should form a formidable frontcourt duo with Zion Williamson for years to come.

Overall: Ingram deservedly made the All-Star team for the first time this season. Shame on those fans who lacked the foresight to see his talent and the patience to watch him develop.

Ivica Zubac – Chosen at No. 32, he became a fan favorite in Summer League. He played pretty well in 38 games his rookie year, faded a bit in 43 games his sophomore year, then was buried deep on the bench. But when finally given the opportunity his third season, he shined.

Midway in that season, he was inexplicably traded to the Clippers. The explanation was that the team didn’t plan to re-sign him anyway because they were clearing salary cap room. That other LA team eagerly signed Zu to a 4-year contract.

He now starts but only plays 18 minutes a game, although he shoots 60% and averages over eight points, seven rebounds and a block a game. And he just turned age 23.

Overall: Zubac’s production per minute is impressive. He may never be an All-Star but he has shown that he is a solid NBA big man.