Lakers News: Team Meets With Willie Cauley-Stein At NBA Draft Combine
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Next Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers will find out if they will keep their top-five protected pick or send it to Philadelphia via Phoenix as part of the Steve Nash trade. Despite holding the fourth slot, the Lakers have a better chance at picking fifth than any other number.

— Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! —

If the team does drop one spot, there will be a number of players considered for that spot. One of those players is Willie Cauley-Stein, who met with the Lakers at the NBA Draft Combine according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Though he is raw offensively, Cauley-Stein is viewed as arguably the best all-around defender in the entire draft. He is a true center who measured just over 7’0 at the Draft Combine. His 9’3 standing reach was the fifth best of anyone else in the class as well.

Despite his size, he has excellent mobility and showed the ability to switch out on guards and contain them on the perimeter. His speed at the center position has led to comparisons to players like DeAndre Jordan and Tyson Chandler.

The Lakers obviously have a huge hole at the center position and Cauley-Stein would give the team a long-term answer. Head coach Byron Scott, who constantly preaches defense, would surely love someone with the versatility of Cauley-Stein who averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.2 steals as a junior at Kentucky.

[divide]

Lakers Nation NBA Draft Podcast: 27th and 34th Picks


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

LeBron James, New Lakers Beat Collection Of NBA All-Star Players During Offseason Pickup Games

Basketball was alive and well as the Los Angeles Lakers were once again amidst the elite and quickly turned into a championship…

Three Takeaways from Lakers Victory Over the Grizzles

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Memphis Grizzles Sunday afternoon, 108-103, in a game that felt winnable from the opening tip-off…

Lakers News: Brandon Ingram Developed Into Vocal Leader During Summer League

After a 0-2 start, the Los Angeles Lakers rebounded by winning out and capturing the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League championship…

Lakers News: Returning To Miami Brings About Fond ‘Memories’ For LeBron James

As the Los Angeles Lakers embarked on a three-game road trip that began Saturday night against the Orlando Magic, the primary talking points were how the team…