Pacers Lottery Pick Bennedict Mathurin Says LeBron James Has To ‘Show Me He’s Better Than Me’

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is entering his 20th season in the NBA and it seems he has little left to prove. He has won a championship with three different franchises, came back from a recoverable 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, and won four MVPs. He is also fast approaching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s goal record.

Such a resume might be enough for players to unanimously acknowledge his greatness. However, it’s not enough for newly drafted Indiana Pacer Bennedict Mathurin.

The 6-foot-6 University of Arizona guard was born a year before James was in the league. He averaged 17.7 points in his sophomore year with the Wildcats and was named Pac-12 Player of the Year.

The Pacers selected Mathurin with the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. Before his call-up, Mathurin pointed to his first matchup against LeBron as something he’s looking forward to. He also offered an interesting assessment of the King about Ben Golliver from the Washington Post:

“A lot of people say he’s great,” Mathurin said. “I want to see how great he is. I don’t think anyone is better than me. He will have to show me that he is better than me.”

It’s a bold thing to say so before being drafted, but it’s that confidence that illustrates why Mathurin was a top 10 pick. It resembles former Lakers lottery pick D’Angelo Russell, who often exuded confidence in Purple and Gold.

Mathurin will certainly try to get James’ attention when they meet, but he will have to wait. The NBA has yet to release next season’s schedule, so there’s no date to look forward to just yet. James will certainly be keeping a close eye on that first matchup with the Pacers and will add something special for Mathurin.

Mathurin isn’t the first rookie of 2022 to call out James, as the Detroit Pistons’ Jaden Ivey also called the Lakers star the only NBA player he plans to dunk on.

You know what they say though – if you get to the King, you best not miss it.

Draymond Green names Max Christie the future All-Star

As expected, the Lakers made a pre-draft pick and acquired the #35 pick from the Orlando Magic. The move resulted in general manager Rob Pelinka picking Michigan State’s Max Christie with the election.

Christie is a 6ft 6 guard with strong 3 and D potential. He’s also the last Spartan to be drafted as No. 35 since a memorable one – Draymond Green in 2012. Star.

Laker fans can only hope Green’s prediction comes true.

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