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NBA Mock Draft: L.A. Lakers Select Aaron Holiday

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the 25th pick, the Lakers take Aaron Holiday.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #25 — Aaron Holiday, Guard, UCLA

SB Nation’s Los Angeles Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll explains the pick:

You could have made the argument for a few players at this spot, like Jacob Evans, whose defensive versatility and shooting would have made him a great fit on this Lakers squad, but I decided to take the best player available and in my opinion, that was Aaron Holiday. After drafting Lonzo Ball in last year’s draft, the Lakers finally have a long-term answer at the point guard position. However, they have little depth behind Ball, which was a weakness for this team last season. Who better to backup Ball than his former UCLA teammate? Though a tad undersized, standing at 6-foot-1, Holiday makes up for it with his long 6-foot-7 wingspan. The 21-year-old will have to put those natural physical tools to use at the next level to reach his ceiling, but his floor is already pretty high if the scoring versatility he showed in his junior season with the Bruins translates.

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  2. Kings LUKA DONCIC
  3. Hawks JAREN JACKSON
  4. Grizzlies MARVIN BAGLEY III
  5. Mavs WENDELL CARTER JR.
  6. Magic MO BAMBA
  7. Bulls MICHAEL PORTER JR.
  8. Cavaliers TRAE YOUNG
  9. Knicks MIKAL BRIDGES
  10. Sixers ZHAIRE SMITH
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  12. Clippers SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  13. Magic ELIE OKOBO
  14. Nuggets KEVIN KNOX
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  16. Suns COLLIN SEXTON
  17. Bucks LONNIE WALKER IV
  18. Spurs TROY BROWN
  19. Hawks DE’ANTHONY MELTON
  20. Wolves KEVIN HUERTER
  21. Jazz CHANDLER HUTCHISON
  22. Bulls JOSH OKOGIE
  23. Pacers KEITA BATES-DIOP
  24. Nets GRAYSON ALLEN
  25. Lakers AARON HOLIDAY
  26. Sixers JACOB EVANS
  27. Celtics JEROME ROBINSON
  28. Warriors KHYRI THOMAS
  29. Blazers DONTE DIVINCENZO
  30. Hawks MELVIN FRAZIER