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Lakers select Michigan State’s Max Christie 35th in NBA Draft – Press Enterprise

The Lakers selected Max Christie, a six-foot winger from Michigan State, with the 35th pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, bringing in a 19-year-old who analysts say could become a valuable shooter and defenseman.

The franchise was eager enough to buy back into the draft Thursday morning, trade cash considerations and a 2028 second-round pick with the Orlando Magic. They finish with Christie, who averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 points for the Spartans in a one-time season.

Christie attended the Brooklyn draw as a potential first-round pick, and the Lakers could get first-round value if he develops as hoped. Christie was a McDonald’s All-American and a five-star recruit from Rolling Meadows High in Chicago, but he lost some steam in the draft after shooting only 31.7% of 3-point range in college.

Christie joins three other native Chicagoans on the Lakers’ roster: Anthony Davis, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn. Christie also follows a legacy of players with Michigan ties to the franchise, including Magic Johnson (Michigan State), as well as Kyle Kuzma (Michigan native) and Moritz Wagner (UM). General Manager Rob Pelinka played in college for the University of Michigan.

At least one alum from the state of Michigan expressed his approval: Draymond Green of Golden State.

“Another 35th pick from the state of Michigan. History says he’s going to be an All-Star,” Green tweeted with a wink to himself.

More on this story to follow.

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