The Los Angeles Lakers own the No. 2 selection in the 2015 NBA and ESPN.com's Chad Ford has them selecting Duke's Jahlil Okafor with the pick. The Lakers have options as they can go big or small with the pick. From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:
- "Once the NBA Draft starts on June 25, the Lakers will need to have clarity on an issue that will significantly determine how well they rebuild after finishing last season with the franchise’s worst record. Will the Lakers use their No. 2 pick to draft another physically imposing post player to carry the purple and gold with their strong backs? 'Big men still run the game,' Duke center Jahlil Okafor said. 'When you have a dominant big man, that changes the aspect of the game.' Or will the Lakers opt for a point guard, whose speed and smarts will accelerate them into the modern NBA? 'My style of play is an NBA style of play,' said point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. 'I love pick-and-roll situations and getting up and down the court.' The implications over the Lakers’ draft choice could prove as small as the 6-foot-5, 196-pound Mudiay or the 6-foot-5, 180-pound D’Angelo Russell, considering every prospect of this star-studded draft class would fill one of the Lakers’ many needs. The implications could prove as big as Okafor’s 6-foot-11, 270-pound frame based on NBA Draft history. ... Mitch Kupchak maintained 'our opinions are very similar' among the Lakers’ front office on the No. 2 pick. But Kupchak stressed 'there doesn’t have to be a consensus,' since he will make the final call."