2017 Outlook: The Lakers have a pair volume scoring guards that will come off the bench, but they will enter 2016 relying heavily on their young backcourt duo of Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Russell averaged 34.4 last April, as the Lakers aimed to get him as much exposure as they could at the end of the season. If you project his rookie numbers for 34.4 minutes per game, you're looking at 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 3PM, and 1.5 steals per game. Now, it's not safe to simply project identical production forward, but Steph Curry and James Harden were the only two players to reach all of those thresholds last season. The upside is enticing as this young Lakers improves ... or tries to play from behind as they possessed the least efficient defense in basketball last season.
2017 Outlook: A guard that doesn't offer much in the way of assists requires a certain roster construction around him, but Clarkson has looked the part of a viable fantasy option with a high ceiling. His 6'5" frame will allow him to continue to put up strong rebounding numbers for his position and the significant shooting strides he made last season are encouraging. Grab a solid assist-driven guard with one of your first two picks and Clarkson makes for a very appealing option a handful of rounds later.
2017 Outlook: He turns 30 in late October and it is safe to say that he isn't part of the bigger picture in Los Angeles. Sweet Lou will be able to score as long as he walks this planet, but it's difficult to do that from the bench, a role he figures to assume this year with promising young talent at every position besides center. He projects very nicely on the Lakers second lineup, as he will likely be paired with pass-first Jose Calderon, so all is not lost if your early picks don't offer elite scoring.