Lakers Draft Rumors: Jabari Parker most likely to be taken number one?

Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid?

It’s a question that has been asked by basketball fans all year long, and one that will continue to be debated in the months ahead as we approach the NBA Draft in June.

But, in the end, it doesn’t matter what we think: The only opinions that really matter are those of the NBA’s scouts, general managers and executives, so it’s always interesting to hear who they like the most out of the upcoming draft class.

According to Jeff Goodman from ESPN, the majority of executives around the NBA have Duke’s Jabari Parker as the number one selection on their draft boards.

Kansas’ Wiggins is expected to be a contender for the number one slot, too, though Parker is thought to be the more NBA-ready prospect.

Embiid, also from Kansas, missed the end of the season with a back injury. While he is expected to make a full recovery, this issue could still end up hurting his draft stock.


The Lakers are currently set to have the sixth pick in the draft, though they have a shot at jumping into the top three on May 20th when they take part in the lottery.

The purple and gold have a 21.5 percent chance of jumping into the top three and a 6.3 percent chance of being awarded the number one overall pick.

While it’s likely that the Lakers will hold onto this selection and develop the player due to their lack of picks in the coming years, general manager Mitch Kupchak did recently admit that there was a “possibility” of trading the pick this summer.

Written by Ross Pickering

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