5 Best active players drafted at No. 17 overall ahead of crucial Lakers 2024 pick

The Los Angeles Lakers have the No. 17 overall selection at the 2024 NBA Draft. Past selections give hope as to the type of value they could find.
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3. Donte DiVincenzo, 2018

Donte DiVincenzo has been a plus contributor at every stop of his NBA career. It seems he's finally found a more permanent home with the New York Knicks after what can only be described as the best season of his already strong career.

A chameleon on offensive who can play any role that's needed, as well as one of the best defensive guards in the NBA, finding a DiVincenzo equivalent would be a revelation for the Los Angeles Lakers.

DiVincenzo struggled to find his shot through two seasons but has since become the epitome of a 3-and-D specialist. He's shot 38.7 percent from beyond the arc over the past four seasons, as well as an even 40.0 percent between 2022-23 and 2023-24.

This past season, his first with the Knicks, he averaged a career-best 15.5 points and 3.5 three-point field goals made per game on 40.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

While some might label him as a late bloomer, it's worth noting that DiVincenzo's defense has been praised throughout his career. It's what enabled him to help the Golden State Warriors win the 2020-21 NBA championship and the Knicks win their first playoff series in 11 years in 2023-24.

As the Lakers search for 3-and-D specialists in the 2024 NBA Draft, DiVincenzo epitomizes the type of player they dream of acquiring.