5 Players the Lakers can only dream of falling to No. 17 at 2024 NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers have the No. 17 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. If the rumor is true, trading up could net a captivating player.
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Cody Williams, Colorado Buffaloes

According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Cody Williams has suitors at every pick between No. 6 and No. 12 overall. It would be an upside pick for anyone who makes it, but it's easy to see why teams are intrigued by what Williams could become.

If the Los Angeles Lakers believe they can help him take the next step forward, then targeting Williams via a trade up to the range of No. 12 could be a tremendous decision.

Williams is a potentially physically disruptive player at 6'6.5" with a massive 7'1" wingspan. His end-to-end speed and agility are strengths, even if not necessarily elite, which makes his defensive potential one of the most appealing aspects of his game.

A lack of assertiveness is a red flag at this point in his development, but if the Lakers feel they can get the best out of him, then it's a possibility worth exploring.

Williams has already shown the 3-and-D potential that has scouts intrigued, shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman. He showcased the potential to be a defensive playmaker, as well, blocking shots and playing the passing lanes well for a first-year player at the NCAA level.

If Williams begins to slide out of the Top 10, then the Lakers could either explore a trade up or keep their fingers crossed that he continues to drop to No. 17.