Los Angeles Lakers: 3 guards to target in draft to replace current guards

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2. Devon Dotson, Kansas

Devon Dotson has two years of college experience under his belt and is a very different prospect than Cassius Winston but could still be molded on the Los Angeles Lakers and be more than solid enough as a backup point guard.

Dotson averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this past season with Kansas. He shot 54.1 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from beyond the arc.

He is not the best shooter in the draft, as evident from his numbers, but he would provide the Lakers a shot of energy off the bench and would also be a much better defensive option than Winston.

Dotson is explosive. He is really good at getting to the basket, hence why his field goal percentage is so high. He has one of the fastest first-step quickness in the draft and is someone that can get to the rim and finish or kick out — something that can be utilized when LeBron James is off the court.

Dotson is a good defender because of his athleticism. He is not the most physically menacing player in the draft and is only six-two, but his quickness allows him to stay in front of ball-handlers while also making him an above-average off-ball defender, especially in reading plays and picking passing lanes.

Dotson would be absolutely electric in Vogel’s defensive schemes. NBADraft.net ranks him 27th, Tankathon 37th and ESPN 33rd. He will be taken right around the 29th overall pick.