After Lakers workout, Emmanuel Mudiay calls NBA 'a point guard's league'

The Lakers have plenty of options with the second overall pick in the NBA draft later this month, but 19-year-old Emmanuel Mudiay made the case they should take a point guard, like himself, instead of a big man in Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.

"If you look at every team, they have a pretty good point guard. It's a point guard's league now," he told reporters after a workout in Los Angeles. Along with Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, Mudiay is considered one of the top point guard prospects in this year's draft class.

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Like a page out of Brandon Jennings' playbook, Mudiay decided to forgo college and play overseas after being selected as a McDonald's All-American. He averaged 18.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 12 games in the Chinese Basketball Association. 

"If you can elevate everybody's play as a point guard, get everybody involved, and still be an asset for the team, I feel like that's what a point guard should do."

The Lakers worked out Mudiay individually and had dinner meetings with the 6-5 guard earlier in the week. But what Mudiay was most excited about was the possibility of playing alongside Kobe Bryant.

"He's got five championships. He's a winner. He's a proven winner," said Mudiay.  "His determination, I'm the same way. If he

steps on the court, he's going to feel like he's the best player. If I step on the court, I'm going to feel like I'm the best player."