3 prospects the Lakers can't afford to pass on in the NBA Draft

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3) Jared McCain | Guard | Duke

As a freshman with the Duke Blue Devils, McCain grew throughout the season, becoming a key cog for the team during their NCAA Tournament run. Averaging 14.3 points while connecting on 41.4 percent of his shots from range, McCain looks the part of an electric scorer heading into this draft.

The biggest asset McCain will bring to his new team is his ability as a shooter. Able to attack from deep in a variety of ways, McCain can work off the catch, relocating to find his spot, and working off actions at the top of the key. All of this he does while shooting a scorching percentage on nearly six attempts per game.

He leaves a bit left desired as a defender and when looking at his measurable, but he plays with enough intensity that he's not a complete liability. In a sense, he is similar to Tyrese Maxey between his light's out shooting ability and that relentless work ethic, however a lack of general speed, specifically lateral speed, limits his ceiling.

While his lack of size and defensive acumen are legitimate concerns McCain's shooting ability is perhaps unmatched in this range, and he boasts the physicality to play a bit bigger than his height.

McCain would be a golden situation for the Lakers if he fell to 17. To do so, he would have to pass by Miami and Philadelphia along the way. Two teams who may also find him too enticing to pass on.