Lakers' draft needs: Bronny James isn't the only prospect drawing L.A.'s interest

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The team invested most heavily in the backcourt in recent drafts, using a first-round pick on Jalen Hood-Schifino last season and a second-rounder on shooting guard/small forward Max Christie the year before. Austin Reaves has been the biggest developmental victory, and he’s a guard too.

The team generally has taken a “best available” approach, and that’s especially likely when picking at No. 17.

Devin Carter, the Providence guard, has seen his stock rise in the predraft process and probably played himself into the lottery. Two other high-profile players who could be there at 17 are USC guard Isaiah Collier and Duke guard Jared McCain. McCain’s shooting could get him drafted sooner, and Collier’s physicality getting to the rim has him under lottery consideration as well.

In the second round, there’s one guard worth monitoring above all others: Bronny James.

James worked out for the Lakers on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly. His athleticism, defensive potential and shooting at the Chicago draft combine have interested the Lakers, who could help make history by pairing him with his father, should LeBron James remain on the team (he can opt out and become a free agent this summer).

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