LA Lakers pick D'Angelo Russell 2nd overall in NBA draft

Jun 25, 2015 8:07 PM by Ross Field

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers chose Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell with the second pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, bypassing big man Jahlil Okafor to grab the ball-handling guard with the potential for greatness.

The Lakers had their highest draft choice since 1982 after going 21-61 during the 16-time champion franchise's worst season. They've made just five previous top-two selections in their history, and four turned out to be Hall of Famers.

Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his only season with the Buckeyes. Los Angeles chose the dynamic guard over Okafor, the Duke big man considered the other top candidate behind top pick Karl-Anthony Towns.

Los Angeles also picks 27th and 34th, providing a chance to restock one of the NBA's worst rosters.

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