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.

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.”

Michigan State guard Max Christie drives against Purdue guard Jaden Ivey during the second half of MSU's 75-70 loss in the Big Ten tournament semifinal on Saturday, March 12, 2022, in Indianapolis.

Christie is the Spartans’ first drafted player since Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston both went in the 2020 second round. 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.

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