As the the 2022 NBA draft approaches, which begins at 5 p.m, the upcoming season will begin to take shape with various trades and draft selections.
The Lakers and the Clippers enter Thursday without a pick in the first round.
The Lakers have found value late in NBA drafts before and will have a chance again tonight with after trading a future second-round pick and cash for the 35th overall pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Lakers have worked out former UCLA guards Jules Bernard and Johnny Juzang and forward Shareef O’Neal, the son of former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal.
The Clippers hold the 43rd overall pick in the draft and while they’ve held that pick for some time, the team hasn’t been as forward about the players they’ve met and worked out with during the draft process.
The Clippers have just one pick for tonight’s draft after the team’s play-in loss not only ended their season but delivered its lottery pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder, courtesy of the 2019 blockbuster deal that sent Paul George to Los Angeles.
Forward Isaiah Mobley of USC and guard Peyton Watson of UCLA are among the other local college players who could hear their names called during the draft.
Isaiah and his brother Evan, who was drafted with the third overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2021, were teammates at Rancho Christian High and USC.
Watson, a Long Beach Poly product, played just one year at UCLA before declaring for the draft. Campbell Hall’s Jabari Walker (Colorado) and Sierra Canyon’s Christian Koloko (Arizona) and Scotty Pippen Jr. (Vanderbilt) are among the local players who could also land on a team this week.
Jabari is the son of Samaki Walker, who played 10 seasons in the NBA and won the 2001-02 championship with the Lakers. Scotty Pippen Jr. is the son of six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen.
How to watch the NBA Draft:
When: 5 p.m. PT, Thursday
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn
NBA Draft Order (via NBA.com)
1. Orlando Magic2. Oklahoma City Thunder3. Houston Rockets4. Sacramento Kings5. Detroit Pistons6. Indiana Pacers7. Portland Trail Blazers8. New Orleans Pelicans (from Los Angeles Lakers)9. San Antonio Spurs10. Washington Wizards11. New York Knicks12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from LA Clippers)13. Charlotte Hornets14. Cleveland Cavaliers15. Charlotte Hornets (from New Orleans)16. Atlanta Hawks17. Houston Rockets (from Brooklyn)18. Chicago Bulls19. Minnesota Timberwolves20. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)21. Denver Nuggets22. Memphis Grizzlies (from Utah)23. Philadelphia 76ers24. Milwaukee Bucks25. San Antonio Spurs (from Boston)26. Dallas Mavericks27. Miami Heat28. Golden State Warriors29. Memphis GrizzliesRelated Articles
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