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.

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 basketball 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.

“It’s amazing. It’s surreal. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony — I mean, the list goes on,” Christie told reporters in Brooklyn, New York. “A bunch of great players on the Lakers team. I think I can learn a lot and get better on that organization.”

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 also was the 35th pick, in the 2012 draft.


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