Los Angeles Lakers: Three players they could draft in the summer of 2018

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Allonzo Trier — Guard, Arizona

Allonzo Trier has broken out as a scoring guard with the Wildcats that could become incredibly useful in Los Angeles. Should Caldwell-Pope not be part of the future for Los Angeles and Jordan Clarkson remain on the second team, Trier is a fair selection option if he falls into the second round.

He has improved his scoring ability with every season he’s played in college, with his third and current year being the most improved in that area. As a freshman, Trier was averaging 14.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 28 minutes on the floor.

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A year later, he was able to average 17.2 points per game with additional minutes, putting him at just under 32 per contest. And then finally, this season, he’s playing for 33.7 minutes each time his team is out and there and in that span, he is scoring at least 22 points and averaging a minimum of three boards and three assists.

The biggest question for Trier is how his game will actually translate at the next level, and that could bee enough for teams in the first round to pass on him. There’s a chance that he could be selected before Los Angeles gets their turn, but you never know what the final order might look like and plenty of opinions can change before draft night.

He was ranked as the 30th best player in collegiate basketball by CBS Sports, leaving him not many slots to fall if the Lakers were to have a shot at him. No other team will be looking for a consistent scoring guard to pair with their pass-first point guard as much as the Lakers.

Trier would be a potential nightmare for opponents alongside a better developed Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma.