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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5. Trey Murphy III, 2021

One of the breakout stars of the 2023-24 season, Trey Murphy III is emerging a high-level player for the New Orleans Pelicans. He showed signs of an efficient outside shot as a rookie and took a step forward in his second season, finishing in the top 10 in voting for the Most Improved Player award.

This past season, Murphy put together a career year as his volume increased and his .579 eFG% remained well above the league average of .547.

Over his final 24 appearances in 2023-24, Murphy took his game to another level. He averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steal, and 3.7 three-point field goals made per game while shooting an absurdly efficient .473/.417/.843.

With Murphy only now entering the final season of his rookie-scale deal, the Pelicans have one of the best bargain cap hits in the NBA at $5,159,855.

That's the biggest lesson for the Lakers to learn as they approach the No. 17 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. In addition to potentially finding a starting-caliber player, they can add someone who's paid a salary that will minimally impact the team's financial flexibility.

If Murphy is a sign of anything, it's the fact that the Lakers might even be able to find a legitimate third scoring option to develop to complement Davis and James.