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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4. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, 2019

One season after Donte DiVincenzo was selected at No. 17 overall, Nickeil Alexander-Walker was found at the same spot. Alexander-Walker has bounced around a bit, playing for three teams in five seasons, but he made a name for himself with the 56-26 Minnesota Timberwolves in 2023-24.

Previously heralded for his scoring potential, Alexander-Walker showed the selflessness to embrace a more defensive-minded role on a T-Wolves team that reached the Western Conference Finals.

Alexander-Walker stands at 6'5" and 205 pounds with a 6'9.5" wingspan. He's come to put those tools to great use as a versatile defender who picks up perimeter players at all three positions for a Timberwolves squad that's built its success on its defensive play.

That's complemented by his vastly improved three-point shooting, including career-best marks of 131 three-point field goals made on 39.1 percent efficiency in 2023-24.

Alexander-Walker scored in double-figures in three of Minnesota's four wins over the Phoenix Suns during the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. He then sacrificed his shots for defense during the seven-game battle against the Denver Nuggets in the second round.

If the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to complement Anthony Davis and LeBron James with high-quality role players, Alexander-Walker has set an admirable standard.