4 2024 NBA Draft prospects with ties to potential Lakers coach Dan Hurley

Potential Los Angeles Lakers head coach Dan Hurley could be a significant influence over offseason plans. That could start as soon as the 2024 NBA Draft.
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4. Cam Spencer, Guard

One of my biggest sleepers in the 2024 NBA Draft, Connecticut Huskies guard Cam Spencer could thrive as an elite marksman at the next level. He's already a leading candidate for the title of, "Best shooter in this class," and his defensive potential has been a bit understated.

There are valid concerns over his size for the off-guard position at 6'3" and 202 pounds with a 6'5" wingspan, but Spencer can thrive in the right situation.

Spencer, whose 2020 hip injury is a major reason he may not be a first-round draft pick, has become a true 3-and-D player at the collegiate level. He shot 43.4 percent or better from beyond the arc in all but one of his seasons in the NCAA and flirted with 50-40-90 status in 2023-24.

Spencer started all 40 games for UConn, averaging 14.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.5 three-point field goals made on .484/.440/.911 shooting.

While not an elite dribble penetrator, Spencer can put the ball on the floor and help run a motion offense. For the Los Angeles Lakers, adding a combo guard who can shoot the lights out, knowledgeably run plays, force turnovers, and defend the lead position would be a dream at No. 55.

In the event that Spencer is available that late in the 2024 NBA Draft, it would certainly be justifiable for Hurley and the Lakers to bring him to Los Angeles.