2024 NBA Draft: 5 sharpshooters who can make an instant impact for the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers need shooters. Thankfully, the 2024 NBA Draft will offer the Lakers an opportunity to make an instant improvement with long-term upside.
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4. Baylor Scheierman, G/F, Creighton Bluejays

Projected Range: Late first round

One of the fastest-rising prospects in recent weeks, Baylor Scheierman is an intriguing potential fit at No. 17. Standing at 6'6.25" and 202 pounds with a 6'8.25" wingspan, Scheirman measures well for the 2-spot and could play the 3 in certain matchups.

While a lack of ideal length might have some questioning if he can truly thrive as a small forward in the NBA, his style of play should offset some of those concerns.

Across 162 games at the collegiate level, Scheierman shot a cumulative 39.0 percent from beyond the arc and 82.0 percent at the free throw line. This past season, he knocked down a career-high 110 three-point field goals at a rate of 38.1 percent. He also hit 87.6 percent of his shots at the charity stripe.

If there's one thing that can't be denied about Scheierman, it's the fact that he can shoot the lights out—and that should at least get the Lakers to explore this option.

In addition to having limitless range, Scheierman is a skilled passer. That secondary offensive skill could prove valuable as he looks to carve out a consistent role at the next level, especially if he begins his career by coming off the bench.

This would be a reach at No. 17, but if the Lakers trade back or are blown away by Scheierman in workouts, he could be a valuable addition.