Prospects respect the way Lakers’ Clarkson, Nance, Zubac carved out roles as non-lottery picks – Orange County Register
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. was a late first-round pick, but he’s carved out a role for himself with the Lakers and become the kind of player Coach Luke Walton can turn to for energy off the bench. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
The Lakers took Croatian center Ivica Zubac early in the second round of the 2016 draft, and he became a starter last season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson is an inspiration to a lot of the NBA draft prospects who have come through the team’s training facility over the past month, proving that a second-round pick can become a significant contributor quickly. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., right, was a late first-round pick, but he’s carved out a role for himself with the Lakers and become the kind of player Coach Luke Walton can turn to for energy off the bench. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The Lakers took Croatian center Ivica Zubac, left, early in the second round of the 2016 draft, and he became a starter last season. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
EL SEGUNDO – For brief moments between scrimmages, shooting sessions and sprints, NBA draft prospects could look around the gym and see some of the symbols and faces that defined the Lakers’ history.
Championship banners and retired jerseys hang on the walls of the practice facility. Magic Johnson watched each workout as the Lakers’ new president of basketball operations, casting an inspiring presence as one of the franchise’s most accomplished players. And though Luke Walton monitored the workouts as the Lakers’ head coach, he also provided a reminder of the team’s more recent NBA championship success (2009, 2010).
Off to the side, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, forward Larry Nance Jr. and center Ivica Zubac often watched the sessions before completing their own offseason routines. None of those players represent the franchise’s glorious past, but they represent something more practical. They are proof of what is attainable for the…