Lakers Draft Moritz Wagner With 25th Pick In 2018 NBA Draft
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Moritz Wagner out of Michigan with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Wagner was among the prospects to participate in a pre-draft workout at the team’s UCLA Health Training Facility.

In reading the tea leaves and analyzing their pre-draft workouts, it was evident the Lakers were targeting shooting and versatility in this year’s draft. Wagner fits that description, having shot 39.4 percent from behind the 3-point line over the last two seasons.

In addition, he shares a collegiate background with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, which the two discussed during Wagner’s workout.

The Lakers went into the night with three draft picks, the latest of which was No. 39 overall, acquired in Wednesday’s trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia received a 2019 second round pick via the Chicago Bulls and cash considerations.

Perhaps more importantly, the Lakers addressed their lack of a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft through a midseason trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It filled a void that was the final aspect of the ill-fated Steve Nash trade.

Getting into the first round may ultimately prove key for L.A., considering their recent success with such picks. Over the past few years they’ve unearthed Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Larry Nance Jr.

Reported Lakers targets Zhaire Smith and Donte DiVincenzo were drafted 16th and 17th, respectively. Additionally, Maryland’s Kevin Huerter was taken by the Atlanta Hawks at No. 19 overall.

As part of our efforts to help you understand how we handle the personal information you share with us, and in preparation for the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we’ve updated our Privacy & Cookies Policy. The updated Privacy & Cookies Policy will take effect on May 22, 2018. By using our services on or after that date, you’ll be agreeing to our updated Privacy & Cookies Policy. We recommend that you read our updated Privacy & Cookies Policy in full.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Front Office Exercises Team Options On Brandon Ingram And Larry Nance Jr.

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised team options to keep Larry Nance Jr. and Brandon Ingram in purple and gold until at least the summer of 2019…

Lakers News: Devean George Thinks LeBron James, Anthony Davis & Russell Westbrook Can Work Together

Russell Westbrook’s return to the Los Angeles Lakers elicited mostly skeptical reactions after the 2017 NBA MVP’s…

Brandon Ingram: Lakers Must Change Being ‘Naturally A Quiet Group’ When LeBron James, Rajon Rondo Are Not Playing

As the 2017-18 NBA season wore on, Brandon Ingram and the Los Angeles Lakers young core wanted to establish themselves as the vocal leaders on the team. Once LeBron…

Lakers News: Carlos Boozer Recalls Disgusting Kobe Bryant, Fan Interaction Story

Over the past couple of years the interactions between fans and players has become a major topic around the sports…