The most intriguing storylines in this year's NBA draft will be the debate between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor for the No. 1 pick.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the top spot, and they've still not let on as to who they're favoring with their selection. Whoever doesn't go No. 1 will almost certainly go No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers. There's a big difference between L.A. and Minnesota, so much so that Okafor sounds like he prefers to be picked by L.A.
"Being here in Lakerland, walking around, a lot of Lakers fans say they want me here, telling me they want to win," he said. "I love it.
"I'm coming from Duke University … where the entire atmosphere is about winning. … That's what the Laker organization is about, that's what I want to be part of."
Okafor even went as far as to say Towns deserves to be the No. 1 pick, something you don't typically hear a player admit when he's in the running to go first overall.
"He's obviously a great player, he's definitely deserving of being the No. 1 pick," Okafor said of Towns.
Could this also be a sign Okafor knows Towns is going No. 1 and is conceding that honor to him? There's still two weeks left until the draft, but it seems Towns is slowly becoming the favorite to go No. 1 if he's not already, and Okafor is perfectly fine with that.