The Los Angeles Lakers have the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that will begin June 22. On Tuesday, the Lakers had Josh Jackson a forward from Kansas back for another look. The team also brought in De’Aaron Fox a point guard from Kentucky to hold a private workout.
Members of the front office of the Lakers, including Rob Pelinka, Joey Buss, Jesse Buss and Magic Johnson saw Jackson last Thursday in Sacramento during a workout. Later the Lakers tweeted that Jackson had a great workout.
Jackson on Monday cancelled a workout he had scheduled with Boston and then went to California. He told reporters there was little difference between his workout Tuesday and the one he had previously, other than he had been in better shape for Tuesday’s.
Jackson is considered one of this year’s best defenders available in the draft, which is an area that the Lakers desperately need to fill.
With how the game is heading today, Jackson said he could guard up to the 4 position, but 10 years ago the 4-man would likely have been much taller and that would not have been possible to do.
In his only season with Kansas, Jackson posted an average of 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Fox averaged 16.7 points per game and was the leader in assists for the SEC at 4.6 per game and said to reporters Tuesday that he was ready for the challenge he would face moving to the next level.
He says he attacks all the time. Regardless if it is offense, defense or rebounding, in every aspect of the game, he will be attacking.
Fox added that most teams know he can play at the point, has a midrange game while he can also be a strong defender.
Therefore he added he had to prove he can do the things that people do not think he is capable of doing and it all comes down to going into a game and performing well, as a workout does not really count for much.
Los Angeles also had Lonzo Ball from UCLA in to work out last week. Ball enjoyed dinner with Pelinka, Johnson and Lakers head coach Luke Walton, and then last Wednesday he worked out for the Lakers. Johnson said Tuesday that Los Angeles was working to bring Ball back for another workout.