Max Christie wasn’t one of the best-known prospects ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft, but the Los Angeles Lakers did it to them taking it with the 35th pick.
Although somewhat underdeveloped at 19, Christie is a 6-foot-6 shooter who has a good shot and perhaps some defensive potential.
He’s expected to be a draft player who will take some time to develop, but if he develops into something close to his best, he’ll help a Lakers team that desperately needs help. productive bidirectional young wings.
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors thinks Christie will become something more than just a 3-D wing.
For context, Green was the 35th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He and Christie played their college ball at Michigan State University under legendary head coach Tom Izzo.
Green didn’t do much in his first two seasons, but he started to emerge in 2015 by helping the Warriors win their first Stephen Curry-era NBA championship.
Green now has four world championship rings and has been selected to the All-Star team four times.
Maybe Green is biased, but if Christie’s work ethic and desire are very high, he could surprise people in a few years.
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