The Los Angeles Lakers have had several high picks in the last couple of drafts, selecting some good talents that never lived up to the expectations at the Staples Center. The Purple and Gold have gotten rid of these players and now it looks like they were right with their moves.
Between 2014 and 2017, the Lakers drafted Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram, parting ways with each one at some point.
Right now these four players are on teams with a combined record of 8-28. Randle plays with the New York Knicks and Russell with the Golden State Warriors while Ball and Ingram are part of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Until Thursday night, none of the Knicks, Warriors, and Pelicans had won more than two games. Nevertheless, the Knicks defeated the Dallas Mavericks and the Pelicans did the same against the Los Angeles Clippers to win their third game of the season. Only the Golden State Warriors remain unable to win more than two matches in the current campaign.
At this moment, the Lakers are in a great position with a 9-2 record, one of the best in the league, that puts them as one of the biggest candidates to win the Larry O’Brien next year. All of this happens as they count with Kyle Kuzma, one of their last selections, who actually stayed with the team to help LeBron James and Anthony Davis win the title.
These four assets were seen as the future of the franchise at some point, but the Purple and Gold decided to take a different path.