With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
The Lakers have added a project in the same mold as Giannis Antetokounmpo named Isaac Bonga. While he is still incredibly raw, he has the ability to dominate the ball and play inside, although he will need to fill out his body to find success in the NBA.
At 6-foot-9, Bonga serves as a point forward. A professional basketball player in Germany, Bonga is still just 18 years old. The Lakers believed in Bonga’s developmental journey so much that they made him the No. 39 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, even though more heralded NCAA prospects were still on the board.
The Lakers have already inked Bonga to a three-year entry-level contract, even though he is not expected to impact the team this season.
“We wanted to take a player that we felt has a good long-term upside for the team,” Jeanie Buss told Lakers.com. “You have to look at the rest of your roster, and see if you have a spot where you can develop someone over the next few years. The job that coach Walton and his staff have done with our young players gives me a lot of confidence that they can really help Bonga develop into a player.”
A natural playmaker, Bonga will suit up predominantly for the South Bay Lakers of the G League. The Lakers have had a tremendous amount of success recently at all stages of the draft, specifically with Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. They will try to hit another home run with Bonga.
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