Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka discusses 'consensus pick' of Max Christie in NBA Draft
Max Christie is heading to California to open his NBA career after the Los Angeles Lakers selected him with the 35th pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. A freshman out of Michigan State, Christie was 1 of 5 B1G players to come off the board in the 2nd round.
After the selection, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka discussed the decision to select Christie, a move that involved trading up to pick No. 35. According to Pelinka, the decision to select Christie was a “consensus pick” across Los Angeles’ scouts and the front office.
Pelinka went on to explain it is rare for the team to find such consensus across the board on a player. He also indicated Los Angeles likes Christie’s two-way ability and the track record of the Lakers in developing players from outside of the first round.
Rob Pelinka says Max Christie was a consensus pick for the Lakers’ scouts and front office. Pelinka said it’s rare that all parties are in agreement on who the pick should be.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) June 24, 2022
Rob Pelinka on acquiring the 35th pick: “Our scouts have an incredible track record of finding guys in the second round that we can develop.”
On Max Christie: “A two-way, 3 and D type player … high character. He’ll bring the grit that kids that play (at MSU) bring.”
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) June 24, 2022