ESPN Final NBA Mock Draft; Julius Randle ‘into the lead’ for Lakers

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

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In his final NBA Mock Draft before the real thing begins tonight, ESPN’s Chad Ford pegged Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle to the LA Lakers. He went as far as to say Randle was in the lead for being the No. 7 overall pick.

Randle went into the Lakers’ workout and ferociously tried to end any doubt about where he belongs in the draft. After facing numerous questions about foot surgery this summer, Randle was dominant in the workout.

Yes, Randle will likely have to have a minor procedure to clean up a rogue screw in his foot. But the Lakers reportedly aren’t as concerned as other teams. Marcus Smart seems to be the other strong contender for this pick. He came in for a second workout this weekend and had a strong one, but it looks like Randle has moved into the lead if the Lakers keep the pick.

Randle has been linked to the Lakers for awhile now, so this comes as no real surprise. The Boston Celtics are lurking at pick No. 6 though, and they have Randle among their finalists.

As for James Young, he falls all the way to the Utah Jazz at pick No. 23.

It would be a coup for the Jazz if Young fell this far. Young had to cancel some workouts due to a minor car accident. While there are no long-term issues, his inability to work out for teams has hurt his stock. He’s rumored as high as Philly at 10, the Nuggets at 11, the Wolves at 13 and the Celtics at 17. But if he gets here, he gives the Jazz a big wing who can really shoot.

As Ford alluded to, the car crash that caused Young to miss pre-draft workouts has caused him to fall out of the lottery and into the latter part of the first round.

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