Los Angeles Lakers: Early look at realistic NBA Draft options at No. 25

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Landry Shamet, SG, Wichita State

Yes, the Lakers’ shooting improved as the 2017-18 campaign aged. Lonzo Ball hitting the 3-ball at a more consistent clip certainly helped Los Angeles’ cause. Despite that fact, Magic and Rob will likely be looking for more shooting talent this offseason.

Enter Landry Shamet, who deserves serious consideration at No. 25 overall.

During his days at Wichita State, Shamet maned the point. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the transition to the 2-guard in the NBA. Although he doesn’t possess ideal shooting guard size (6’4″, 190 pounds), his shooting skills more than warrant a first round pick for the former Shocker.

Just look at these numbers — during his junior season, he connected on 56 percent of his field goals, including 44.2 percent from downtown. Shamet also sunk 82.5 percent of his free throws while averaging 14.9 points per game. Put simply, he’s one of the 2018 draft class’ most efficient and effective shooters.

Shamet is limited by his lack of physical tools and athleticism. Chances are he’ll never be anything more than a shooting specialist. However, if the Lakers decide to focus on improving their efficiency from the field, the Wichita State star will absolutely be in the running. He’d be an instant asset for the bench unit, capable of turning the tide with his sharpshooting from deep.