Michigan State’s Max Christie goes to LA Lakers in Round 2

Max Christie’s one-and-done gamble on his talent paid off – from Michigan State to the NBA.

With new teammate LeBron James.

The former five-star prospect went to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round with the 35th overall pick in Thursday night’s 2022 NBA draft.

“One thing that, for me, is going to be beneficial is going to be time,” Christie told reporters at the NBA combine in May. “I’m only 19 years old, and I think being in an NBA system for a few years is really going to help me grow and improve over time. A team that’s willing to do that, the resources that have been implemented and the things that have been done in recent years promotes that for me. ”

Christie is the Spartans’ first drafted player since Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston both went in the 2020 second round – Memphis took Tillman with the 35th pick that year. Coach Tom Izzo has not had a player taken in the first round since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2018.

Moments after the pick was announced, former MSU and current Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green pointed out his draft night 10 years ago. Like Christie and Tillman, he was also the 35th pick, in the 2012 draft.

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