5 Upside picks the Lakers should take a chance on at No. 17 in 2024 NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers have the No. 17 overall selection in the 2024 NBA draft. Finding a player with short-term value makes sense, but there are long-term projects with upside to consider.
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Johnny Furphy, G/F, Kansas Jayhawks

A 19-year-old shooter who has the size to step in at multiple positions, Johnny Furphy is one of the most potentially versatile prospects in the 2024 NBA Draft. He played just one season with the Kansas Jayhawks, but during that time, he showcased a level of upside that has teams clamoring.

If the Los Angeles Lakers have a chance to select Furphy at No. 17 overall, it would be difficult to opt against taking a chance on him.

Furphy finished his freshman season at Kansas with 44 three-point field goals made on 35.2 percent shooting from distance. One of the reasons that figure is so interesting is the fact that he stands at 6'7.5" without shoes.

A tall potential sharpshooter whose nearly identical wingspan isn't elite, but still remains adequate, Furphy could line up at any position from the 2 to the 4 depending on the matchup.

Thin at 188 pounds, Furphy will need to add muscle before he can reach the latter position, but the upside here is intriguing nonetheless. He projects to be a dangerous threat from distance, and he's already shown a promising level of commitment as far as crashing the boards is concerned.

At 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 offensive boards, 1.5 steals, and 2.2 three-point field goals made per 40 minutes, Furphy's statistics show exactly what kind of player he could be.