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Warriors star Draymond Green listens to Lakers draft pick

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The Los Angeles Lakers selected Max Christie with their pick for the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft, and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green made a bold prediction for his future.

Green and Christie have a lot in common. Both went to Michigan State and were selected with the 35th overall pick in the draft. Green believes this bodes well for Christie.

“Another 35th choice from the state of Michigan. History says he’s going to be an all-star.” Green tweeted shortly after pickup.

The Lakers are hoping their second-round pick will be a player of Green’s caliber, considering he’s been selected as an All-Star four times and is a staple of the NBA All-Defensive Team with seven total selections and a DPOY trophy is on his shelf.

Bleacher Report listed Christie’s Pro Comp as Jeremy Lamb and believes he can continue to build on some strong foundations.

“Though Christie has struggled to get shots, high school and FIBA ​​tapes — plus a believable stroke — have teams willing to buy his long-term shooting development,” B/R wrote. “At 6-foot-4, he’s a fundamentally healthy winger who can beat jumpers from spot-ups, screens, and pull-ups.”

Christie was a five-star contender coming out of high school but was struggling to find his beat with the Spartans. He averaged 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists and shot just 38.2% from the field.

The Lakers have a belief similar to Green’s when it comes to Christie, and everyone in the building agrees that with their lone pick in the draft, he was the right choice.

“It’s very rare to have a consensus pick, maybe at #1 you can get a room full of scouts and have a consensus pick, but once you hit 35 there’s just so many different opinions,” said Lakers GM Rob Pelinka afterward the draft . “But quite uniquely that night, it doesn’t happen all the time, but Max was a consensus pick of all the scouts and all the front office people. It was someone that we really identified and targeted as a group of people when trying to get through to the second round because we knew that was realistic.”

Christie will have some great mentors when he dons purple and gold. The rookie will receive tips from LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook as LA looks to get back on track after a disappointing year.

The Warriors added a few new names of their own on draft night, picking Patrick Baldwin Jr. in the first round and advancing a few picks to select Toledo’s 44th-ranked Ryan Rollins in the second round.

Baldwin is a bit of a gamble from Milwaukee, but has some advantages if developed properly. He played in just 11 games during his brief collegiate career, averaging 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Rollins is a 6-foot-4 guard with a 6-foot-10 wingspan. He was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2021 and was a first-team All-Conference pick in 2022. In his two years with the Rockets, he averaged 16.4 points, shot over 45% from the field and added 5.6 rebounds per game.

The Warriors also added Brazillian Basketball League number 55 overall Gui Santos.

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