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Lakers pick at No. 2: Lonzo Ball, UCLA guard

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The Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night. 

Ford's Big Board ranking -- No. 2: "He's the best passer in the draft. In fact, he might be the best passer to come out of the draft in the last decade. His court vision and ability to anticipate plays before they develop is uncanny. He also has deep range on his jump shot and is a very good finisher at the rim."  More (Insider)

Kevin Pelton's stats and scouting ranking -- No. 1: "Part of the challenge in evaluating Ball is how unusual his skill set is, not just for an elite prospect, but overall." More (Insider)

Scouting report -- positives:

  • Elite passer

  • Excellent ball handler

  • Creative with the ball

  • Unselfish

Scouting report -- negatives:

  • Needs to add strength

  • Unorthodox shooting form

Read the full scouting report (Insider)

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he'll be an All-Star: 7.3 percent

  • Chances he'll be a starter: 41.9 percent

  • Chances he'll be a role player: 22.1 percent

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