With the No. 35 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the LA Lakers selected Max Christie after acquiring the pick earlier in the day when they sent a future second-rounder and cash to the Magic.
Christie is a 6’5” shooter for Michigan State who averaged 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in his lone college season. He is widely expected to become a sniper from beyond the arc despite converting just 31.7% of his 3-pointers last season. He was also a decent guard and wing defender.
According Athleticism Draft 2022 guide written by Sam Vecenie, the 19-year-old is unlikely to be an effective recruit from the start – something the Lakers say they don’t care about. Vecenie’s recce report on Christie also suggests he needs to at least add another 15 pounds to his 190-pound frame and prove he can shoot reliably enough to see consistent minutes. However, it seems the Lakers are confident he can eventually become a two-way player with his own shooting mechanics, high IQ, size and commitment to playing defense.
At least general manager Rob Pelinka and his entire draft room think so:
Rob Pelinka says the Lakers wanted to get younger and were aiming for a high pick in the second round. He thinks Max Christie is next in the long list of impressive Lakers draft picks over the past decade. Called him a “two-way, 3-and-D” player.
—Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) June 24, 2022
While he may not be able to do so right away, Christie’s projection as a 3&D wing could potentially fix one of the Lakers’ most glaring organizational weaknesses. According Express Draft‘ Last March scouting report, written by Mike Schmitz, the Michigan State standout caught the eye of scouts with his surprisingly deft off-the-dribble shot creation, particularly in the midrange, which is something the Lakers say they think he can take with him to the NBA.
With Darvin Ham poised to implement his 4-on-1 offense with the Lakers this season, Christie’s ability to become a 3-point sniper may well make him an ideal candidate for the system dependent on the game. perimeter. Before he set foot on the pitch with one of the superstar’s teammates he says he is excited to joinChristie’s first task will be to impress his new employers at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he is expected to dress July 7-17.
The Lakers are using their one and only pick in this year’s draft on Christie, and seem to believe he is capable of offering first-round value despite dropping all the way to 35. And given the Lakers scouting department’s success in finding undervalued talent, it will be interesting to see if they can get a second-round steal again (like another alum of Michigan State seems to think they have).
Another 35th pick from Michigan State. History says he’s going to be an All-Star ♂️
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 24, 2022
This is breaking news and will be updated with more information and analysis as it develops, but for now, what do you think of the pick? Let us know in the comments below.
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