Lakers Draft News: NBA Scouts Prefer D'Angelo Russell Over Emmanuel Mudiay

The Los Angeles Lakers are projected to have a top-five pick in the NBA Draft - we'll find out exactly where they'll end up in the lottery tonight - and unless they end up in the top two in position to draft Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke's Jahlil Okafor are likely to draft a point guard.

Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay, who played professionally in China, are considered to be the top two point guards in the draft and top-five picks.

Which one would the Lakers pick? Long-time NBA scouting consultant Ryan Blake says they would be smart to go with Russell:

“They’re different players. Mudiay is a combo guard and he attacks the rim more. He’s got great crafty hands and is a good floor man. He doesn’t shoot the ball well. He shoots 33% from behind the arc, but he only shot 21 percent from shots beyond the arc. When he does get behind the line, he’s shooting under 60% in free throws. He’s attacking and scoring. For Russell, game comes so slow to him. He works the pick and roll extremely well. He can shoot from deep and get inside for floaters. The angles on his passing are different. I give Russell the edge. That’s the type of player I want.”

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