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Lakers Select Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk With Draft's 47th Pick

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

The Lakers used the 47th pick of the NBA draft to select one of college basketball’s deadliest shooters: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

Not only did the Ukraine native shoot the Big 12’s best 3-point percentage (44.4), he also set a Kansas program-record 115 triples, which ranked 10th in the entire NCAA.

By drafting Mykhailiuk and stretch center Moritz Wagner, the Lakers are looking to shore up last season’s 34.5 team 3-point percentage, which was the second-lowest in the NBA.

The 6-foot-8 shooting guard used his long-distance scoring to average 14.6 points, while also averaging 1.2 steals during his Second Team All-Big 12 campaign.

Although Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka called Mykhailiuk “one of our best knockdown shooters that we had in our building” for predraft workouts, the 21-year-old felt that he also proved to the team that he can do more than just connect from deep.

A former point guard, Mykhailiuk feels that his strengths include handling the ball, passing, attacking the hoop and hitting mid-range shots.

He also considers himself a “sneaky athlete.”

“I feel like it’s just a blessing to be part of the Lakers and be part of the NBA,” Mykhailiuk said. “With all of the Lakers’ history, t’s just a blessing to be part of the team.”

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