Lakers Draft Workouts: June 16, 2017
The Lakers are within a week of the NBA Draft, but that hasn’t stopped the evaluation process. With only six days till they can use their No. 2 and 28 picks, the purple and gold worked out another round of collegiate prospects on Friday.
Jabari Bird | SG | California | 6’6 | 190 | Sr.
An All-Pac-12 honorable mention, Bird was a long-range threat for Cal, hitting 2.4 3-pointers a night on a 36.3 percent clip. He said that he almost beat the Lakers' workout record during their shooting drill, earning a round of applause from those in the gym.
"It was pretty fun," Bird said. "I knew the record was 27 and I was trying to beat it, but I had my foot on the line a few times. So technically I got it, but I got to take a step back for the NBA 3 to get it."
James Blackmon | SG | Indiana | 6’4 | 195 | Jr.
Possibly the best sharpshooter in the Big Ten, Blackmon led the conference by hitting 42.3 percent of his looks from downtown. He also averaged the league's fourth-most points (17.0) on his way to an all-conference honorable mention.
Tyler Cavanaugh | SF/PF | George Washington | 6’9 | 243 | Sr.
A double-double regular, Cavanaugh ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (18.3), while snagging its third-most rebounds (8.4). He shined brightest the year before during George Washington's run to the 2016 NIT championship, as he put up 19.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.2 triples on his way to the tournament's MVP award.
Isaiah Hicks | PF | North Carolina | 6’9 | 242 | Sr.
As a member of UNC's championship team, Hicks put up 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while playing physically and picking up 3.1 fouls per game. The year before, he was named ACC Sixth Man of the Year, as he put up 8.9 points on 61.4 percent shooting.
Devin Robinson | SF/PF | Florida | 6’8 | 195 | Jr.
Owner of a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Robinson seeks to put his length to good use in the NBA after averaging 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Gators. He made big strides offensively in his journey to becoming a 3 and D wing, as he improved his 3-point stroke from 25.6 percent as a freshman to 39.1 as a junior.
"It was a lot of shots in the gym," Robinson said of his improved clip. "When I got hurt my sophomore year, that whole summer I was shooting the ball in a chair, working on my form because I couldn't work out. I feel like that was a big contribution to my increase in numbers."
Michael Smith | PG/SG | Cal Baptist | 6’4 | 195 | Sr.
Possibly the most decorated player in Pacwest history, Smith was named the conference's Player of the Year for each of the past two seasons and left Riverside as the league's all-time leading scorer (2,031). In his final year with the Lancers, he led the Pacwest in scoring by pouring in 24.9 points per contest.