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Los Angeles Lakers have two players in Top 25 under 25

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Los Angeles Lakers have two players in Top 25 under 25

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The Los Angeles Lakers might have been able to sign LeBron James this offseason, but don’t sleep on their talented young core. Over the past few years, the Lakers have been drafting very well and that has resulted in them having one of the best young cores in the league.

In 2016, the Lakers were able to draft Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick, and they followed that pick up by drafting Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart in 2017. These four players created quite the buzz in Los Angeles last season, as despite not making the playoffs, watching them play was certainly exciting.
Adding James to this young core will only help them get even better, and with all four being young, the Lakers are set up for sustained success. Recently, Bleacher Report ranked the Top 25 players under 25-years-old by the metrics. For the Lakers both Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball made the list.

On the list, Ingram came in ranked 18th, while Ball was somewhat surprisingly ahead of him at 15th. As a rookie, Ball might have struggled to shoot the ball, but he did pretty much everything else exceptionally well.

From the point guard position, Ball not only did a good job setting up his teammates, but he was an elite rebounder and defender at the position.  Seeing Ingram coming in 18th might be a bit surprising. However, these rankings were based on metrics.

For the Lakers, having two players in the Top 25 under 25 is certainly a very encouraging sign as the franchise moves forward. Ingram won’t be 25 until September of 2022, and Ball won’t be 25 until October of 2022. With both players still being so young, they have a lot of time to learn and grow as basketball players.

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