Report: Lakers shifting to D’Angelo Russell as No. 2 pick in NBA Draft

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By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, who has covered the Lakers for an eternity, reports that the team is moving around towards taking Ohio State Buckeyes guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s draft.

Although the Lakers respect Jahlil Okafor’s size and skill (his defensive potential, not so much), momentum and consensus have been growing in the front office that Russell, not Okafor, is the special one.

It’s not really so much the shift of the modern game toward the perimeter. This massive decision was always going to be about specific individuals, not the positions they play, and the vibe from Russell has been that he fits the mold of a leader, a winner and a Laker.

It didn’t help that, according to team sources, Okafor’s second predraft workout with the Lakers was a distinct drop-off from the first—whereas Russell was channeling Stephen…

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