Max Christie of the State of Michigan goes to the LA Lakers in Round 2

Max Christie’s unique bet on his talent has paid off, from the state of Michigan 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 the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night.

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

Christie is the first player chosen by the Spartans since Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston both went to the second round of 2020: Memphis took Tillman with the 35th pick that year. Manager Tom Izzo didn’t take a first-round player from Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2018.

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

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