The Los Angeles Lakers could target international prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Los Angeles Lakers have the 28th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft after not having a first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Lakers traded the fourth overall pick in the draft to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade alongside more future draft capital.
This is one of just two first-round picks in the next five NBA Drafts that were not included in the Anthony Davis trade. For that reason, there is a fairly decent chance that the Lakers hold onto their pick and select someone with the 28th overall pick.
There are various options for the Lakers to explore and this draft is unlike any other draft in NBA history. Not only is it happening in November, but teams did not get the usual sample size for these prospects nor the typical workouts that they otherwise would have.
Thus, international prospects might become more valuable in the draft and there are two international prospects that will be taken right around the 28th overall pick.
Whether or not the Lakers select either of these prospects depends on various factors, such as who is still available and what unfolds with the current Laker free agents.
Who are those international prospects? Let’s break them down.