5 Playmakers in 2024 NBA Draft who would fit rumored JJ Redick vision for Lakers

The 2024 NBA Draft has an intriguing list of playmakers. Some would fit the rumored vision of Los Angeles Lakers head coach JJ Redick to perfection.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are entering a new era in the franchise's illustrious history. JJ Redick has been hired as head coach and the forward-thinking former player has already turned his attention to changing the way the Lakers approach the game.

According to Shams Charania, Sam Amick, and Jovan Buha of The Athletic, Redick is looking to diversify the Lakers' offensive strategy by taking some of the playmaking burden off of LeBron James.

"He explained his decision-making process when it comes to strategy, how the analysis and empirical evidence would always guide his choices rather than preconceived notions or outdated beliefs. Redick described a system molded around this roster, focusing on elevating Anthony Davis’ involvement, particularly late in games, and alleviating the constant ballhandling duties on James by utilizing him more off the ball. Keeping James, who turns 40 in December, fresh down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs will be critical."

Despite James' prolific playmaking ability, it's a logical approach considering the four-time MVP will turn 40 in December.

It's worth noting that the NBA's image of longevity has already missed at least 26 games in four of his six seasons with the Lakers. It's proof that even superhuman athletes will ultimately struggle in the fight against Father Time.

Thankfully for the Lakers, the 2024 NBA Draft will provide it with an intriguing group of options at No. 17 and No. 55 overall who fit Redick's rumored vision.

1. Carlton Carrington, PG, Pittsburgh Panthers

One of the most intriguing upside picks in the 2024 NBA Draft, Carlton Carrington is a 6'4" playmaker who has the potential to be a three-level scorer. He's also a more than capable playmaker who can split the defense and either score or distribute at a high level.

The absence of elite athleticism has some questioning if Carrington can thrive at the next level, but the freshman sensation would be a player worth gambling on at No. 17 overall.

Carrington measured at 6'3.75" and 195 pounds with a 6'8" wingspan at the 2024 NBA Draft Combine. He's the prototype in that regard for a modern point guard. He has the size, length, and strength to develop in an off-guard role, as well.

While not explosive or necessarily fast, Carrington has the prerequisite agility to play the angles and get to his spots on a consistent basis.

As a playmaker, Carrington averaged a team-high 4.1 assists per game as a freshman with the Pittsburgh Panthers. He did so while committing just 1.9 turnovers per contest, which speaks to his ability to make the right play.

Shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc is a concern, but it's worth noting that he knocked down 36.3 percent of his three-point field goals over the final 16 games of the season.

On both ends of the floor, Carrington is a sleeper with serious upside.