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Los Angeles Lakers NBA Mock Draft Roundup

Leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft, we will update our Los Angeles Lakers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Los Angeles Lakers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Lakers:

CBS Sports - Boone, Updated: 10/22
28. Cassius Winston, Michigan State

The Lakers were in the bottom five among playoff teams this season in 3-point shooting, an inexcusable deficiency for a team built around LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the reliance of floor spacing. In Cassius Winston, the Lakers would add a career 43% 3-point shooter and a four-year college floor general who can step in to make smart decisions and drill open 3-pointers at a high rate.

NBC Sports Philly - Levick, Updated: 10/22
28. Theo Maledon, ASVEL (France)

A regular rotation player in France's top league the past two seasons, Maledon might just have the well-rounded game and professionalism to help the champions early in his NBA career.

CBS Sports - Parrish, Updated: 10/16
28. Cassius Winston, Michigan State

Cassius Winston is perceived to be limited because he's small and not the best athlete. He'll never measure or test great -- and that'll turn some franchises away. But he's smart, great in pick-and-roll situations and someone who has proven to be a high-level shooter in all four years of college by making 43.0% of the 602 3-pointers he attempted in his four-year career. So he's perfect for a Lakers team that needs point guard help and could always use another shooter to help make LeBron James' job easier.

The Ringer - O'Connor, Updated: 10/14
28. Theo Maledon, ASVEL (France)

The Lakers could use a young point guard who can develop behind their primary ball handlers. Maledon seems like a perfect investment as a guard with strong foundational skills. He has a great feel for the game and a reliable spot-up 3.

SI.com - Woo, Updated: 10/14
28. Josh Green, Arizona

This is a good opportunity for the Lakers to add a young player with upside on the cheap, with long-term optionality. Green doesn't necessarily leap off the page as a prospect, but he's a good athlete with nice defensive potential and decent skill framework, and a valid developmental project. It's worth noting that this is the last first-round pick the Lakers can trade for some time, due to NBA rules that require teams from trading away first-rounders in consecutive future drafts. (Even though next year's pick is conditionally traded to New Orleans, L.A. can make this pick on draft night, then trade away the player's rights afterward without violating league rules.) But given the circumstances, it might make sense to use this pick as an upside throw.

The Athletic - Vecenie, Updated: 10/13
28. Malachi Flynn, San Diego State

The more teams look into Flynn's tape, the more excited they are. He was terrific on both ends of the floor this season for San Diego State, leading them to one of the best seasons in school history. He can knock down shots off the bounce at a high level, defend on the ball, and his feel for the game is remarkable. Whatever the “hooper gene” is, he's got it. Sure, he's undersized, but he makes up for it with a motor and work ethic that basically never quits.

The Lakers got a lot out of Rajon Rondo this season, but it's unclear if that will continue to be the case in the future given his regular-season inconsistency and age. They should look into finding another lead guard whose feel for the game would mesh well with that of LeBron James. The big key here is that he could play with James or as the lead when James is off the court, because of that shooting ability and feel for the game.

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