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

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Marcus Foster — Guard, Creighton

We’ve finally gotten to my personal favorite out of any of the three on this list, and that is Marcus Foster, a senior guard for Creighton. He’s not in the top 50 list published by CBS Sports, but he can definitely still be a problem for opponents if he plays for the Lakers.

Foster is in his fourth season and playing his best since suiting up for Creighton, as he’s averaging a career-high 19 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting in the neighborhood of 40% from beyond the arc, but that’s not even the best part.

In seeing what the Lakers got in Kyle Kuzma with the 27th overall pick last summer, it’s important to note a similarity here that Foster carries — and that is time to develop. Like Kuzma, Foster spent serious time in college and because of that, may be able to best translate his game to the NBA level.

We’ve seen it with Kuzma already, so it shouldn’t be shocking that it’s possible with other players who have a similar avenue to the top. He’s got stats similar to Donovan Mitchell, and that has done waves of goodness for the Utah Jazz after losing several players for different reasons over the summer.

So what does this mean for the Lakers?

Well, if they are serious about staying put with the pick they’re receiving from Denver, Foster is their best bet. He’s the most sure thing out of the options they have if Caldwell-Pope and Lopez are left to walk and they’d rather keep Clarkson with the second unit.

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He could be really fun to watch if the Lakers decide it’s what is best for them on draft night. They won’t regret it if they select him, that much is certain.