Max Christie wasn’t one of the most famous prospects heading into the 2022 NBA draft, but the Los Angeles Lakers did. made him mine taking him with the 35th pick.
Although somewhat underdeveloped at 19, Christie is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard with a good shot and maybe some defensive potential.
He is expected to be a project player who will take some time to develop, but if he develops into someone approaching his best, he will help a Lakers team that is in dire need of young, productive two-way wingers.
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors believes that Christie will become something more than just a 3-and-D wing.
By comparison, Greene was selected 35th overall in the 2012 NBA draft. Both he and Christie played collegiate 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 show in 2015 when he helped the Warriors win their first NBA championship in the Stephen Curry era.
Green now owns four world championship rings and was selected to the All-Star team four times.
Maybe Green is biased, but if Christie’s hard work and desire is very high, he can surprise people in a few years.
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