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ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft Has Lakers Selecting Frank Kaminsky

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The Los Angeles Lakers have pieced together their roster for the 2014 season and the team hopes to surprise some people this season. But regardless of how good the Lakers are this season, the front office must be ready for next summer.

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The Lakers will be armed with at least one first-round pick courtesy of the Houston Rockets and according to ESPN’s Chad Ford (Insider), the Lakers could take Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky with that pick:

The Lakers will be in the business of getting players who can help them now and Kaminsky represents the sort of Pau Gasol-type big man who’s long on finesse and low on physicality. His ability to step out and stretch the defense is also very attractive. He could be a nice long-term pairing next to Julius Randle.

After two seasons in which he barely saw the court, Kaminsky burst on the scene last year with averages of more than 13 points, six rebounds, and nearly two blocks per game. A legitimate seven-footer, Kaminsky also shot an impressive 37.8 percent from three-point range.

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The pick makes sense for the Lakers as the only true center on the roster is Robert Sacre. Kaminsky could also add some shooting to a Lakers team that has very few pure shooters.

Also of note in this mock draft is that the they have projected the Lakers to finish with the ninth-worst record in the NBA which would be an improvement from last season, but would force the team to give up their pick to the Phoenix Suns.

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  • karl

    a mock draft for next years draft? The season didnt even start yet.
    Give me a break

    • joshhh

      ronnie brewer, rashard lewis, Jordan Hamilton, shawn marion, Beasley,emeka okafor, Jermaine O’Neal, toney douglas ,earl clark,ekpe udoh all players we can get to fill out roster and some might even be a big steal for us. out of all these players im going with marion and jermaine O’Neal cuz there good defenders I look if he’s a good perimeter defender and than I look at the offense cuz offense is the least important
      if lakers don’t get marion than lakers must start Wesley Johnson at 3 come opening night
      scott’s gotta have 12 deep everynight and I mean every game make nash lead the 2nd unit 15-20 minutes a game to make the young guys better u have to separate all the good players u can’t just put all the best players in the starting lineup u have to divide it
      starters
      lin
      kobe
      Wesley or marion if we sign him
      boozer
      hill
      2nd unit
      nash
      young
      henry
      randle
      ed davis and Jermaine oneal if we sign him I think there 2nd unit is even better than there 1st davis whos a rim protector young who’s a scoring machine and he will improve his defense under scott trust me got nash to lead these young guys henry who’s an excellent scorer attacks the basket at will decent shooter and a pretty good defender quick enough to keep up and u got randle a rebounding machine and could finish around the rim and give O’Neal some minutes to he’s a good shot blocker rim protector
      that’s an excellent lineup to come off bench may be the best best in the nba if healthy and the good news is if nash gets hurt Clarkson’s waiting there to take his spot so it’s a win win
      reserves
      sacre play only if were down or up by like 25 and there’s like 4 minutes left
      Kelly u could play him if were down or up by like 25 and there’s like 4 minutes left
      Clarkson only play him if nash get’s hurt or the same thing as sacre and kelly

      • Nalin Shukla

        Agreed with Kelly and sacre playing up or down by 25..I’m hoping for Nash to get hurt for more clarkson development

        • joshhh

          it’s not that I don’t like them and their game it’s just this team has so much depth and so many weapons off the bench that they have to be the odd man’s out. out of the rotation. who has a better shot at winning the game a team that has like a 9-10 rotation or a team that has a 12 man rotation. 12 man obviously cuz u have more players contributing everynight. scott’s has to and I mean has to have a 12 man rotation u have to give these players a chance to show what they got but I agree if nash goes down than Clarkson but only if he goes down. if we fill out the roster wit veteran players(nba players) than go 12 deep if they fill out roster wit un experienced rookies like keith appling than no go like 9 10 deep

        • Eric

          why would you ever wish someone would get hurt? what did he ever do to you? so what if Nash is old? because he’s old he deserves to get hurt?? wow…

          • Devon Samuels²⁴

            its todays fans its really sad how they treat their own young or old experience or inexperienced

          • Nalin Shukla

            He wears a laker jersey but he never was a laker

          • TheZuluNation

            you have a point, but Nash didn’t ask for this. he’s always kept himself in tip top shape his whole career. one injury against Portland and it unraveled from there for him.

          • Thomas Klein

            Oh brother, what a load of crap, he sure as hell is more of a Laker than you, and he’s not hoping you come up injured. Your a product of stinking thinking. Because he had a injury, he obviously doesn’t care about the team. Bullcrap, he didn’t plan or want to be injured, no player does.

          • Nalin Shukla

            Yeah your right I don’t wish anybody to get hurt…so when Nash inevitably gets hurt i hope they give they more time to clarkson for development..better?

        • common sense

          HARSH!!!!!!! but without emotion involved ur prob right

          • Nalin Shukla

            Yeah a little harsh I take it back

        • Al Haldie

          Your a sick puppy hopeing that Nash gets hurt ///

        • the_lorb

          Clarkson isn’t a PG. He is a combo guard that can score. Be careful what you wish for…

        • Cardinal Nero

          Hoping or not, Nash will get hurt again, no matter what. He can no longer stay healthy and in shape. Therefor, I would prefer to see Clarkson coming off the bench as first back-up for Lynn. As for Nash, he is going to “play out” this season mostly on the bench. He has zero contribution to this team.

      • meep

        some of those players you said i would have a hard time trusting base on health. lakers need healthy players not guys who will play like 60% of the games then they might get hurt

      • 1mtoldman

        so if no players were added yer rotation would be as stated above:
        deleting marion and oneal from equation and clarkson replacing nash if nash not really able to go much. then kelly and sacre at the end of the bench. i think thats right; last year 11 players got minutes. this year i would think 11 with the eleventh being either clarkson or nash depending on nash got anything left and then kelly and and sacre on the pine. makes sense.

        • joshhh

          last year was to low Kaman should of been in the rotation .teams should have 2 or 3 players on reserve and the rest in there rotation unless ur bench really sucks but that’s not the case for us if ur bench suks than go like 9 10 deep max. we have a lot of options. why would our 11th be Clarkson let me break it down for u first there’s the starting 5 so that 5 players right there than there’s your 2nd unit to replace each starters postion so young for kobe nash for lin or the other way idk henry for Wesley randle for boozer and davis for hill that’s 10 right there so than we have Clarkson sacre and Kelly at the end of the bench but this could all change for the last 2 spots depending on who we get if we get Marion or Beasley or whoever than Wesley comes off the bench for marion or Beasley for marion yes for Beasley I would still keep wesley as starter and make Beasley come off the bench for wes and I guess henry will be the odd man out unless scott divides Beasley’s and henry’s minutes with 3 guys playing the 3 everynight but that would be tough. and if we a big men a decent big men like O’Neal or udoh or okafor than scott will to do the same thing with the center postion as the 3 divide davis’s and the big man’s minutes. you see that’s a 12 man rotation right there with the 2 players to fill out roster but at the end of the day sacre Kelly and Clarkson will always be the last option

      • Al Haldie

        Kelly is going to be one of the best of the team this yr , don’t kid yourself – you did not watch him last yr – or you would not say that..

        • joshhh

          Kelly a good decent player but we need toughness and rebounding not finesse so boozer randle hill and davis will all be in front of him unless boozer or randle gets hurt than he comes in he’s a reserve in case something bad happens same goes for sacre

          • Al Haldie

            Like I said you did not watch the LAKERS last yr’
            go look at his stats for last yr. you might learn something that makes sence – because you are not…

          • joshhh

            just want to know is TWC sportsnet available in montreal

        • Badazztj12

          Yea everybody started watching his play in second half of season. He didnt do so great first half being a nice stretch forward for Mike D

      • roseducanna

        All of your players you choses. I want LAKERS sign BEASLEY.he have a power than YOUNG.

      • roseducanna

        You know how many games O’Neal play last 3 years?. He is too old and have history for injuries.

  • Duckathon

    Big fan of this pick if this happens, but a lot could happen in one year.

  • KwonGuerillaCross

    This is comment number 2 of the month so far, in hopes of winning that shirt!

  • LakersNation

    KAMINSKYYYYYYYYYYY

  • purp& goldpride

    Espn is incredibly bias it’s sickening. I don’t trust anything written by that network. They NEVER have anything positive to say. All thesepeople take joy in kicking you while you’re down

    • LakersOverEverything

      Yeah, espn really is a joke. I hate when people try to use what they say as arguments for or against players. It’s become obvious that they should be taken simply as entertainment value

  • LakerSpartan117

    GOD… I hate ESPN. They just put us finishing 9th in the West.

    I REALLY hope we prove them wrong and start off hot like Portland did…. just so that they all either A) Start sucking the Laker’s dick again, and say we are a legit title contender or B) Just say its an illusion and that we will come back down to Earth and fall below .500 because their stuck up egos won’t let them admit they were wrong… Oh, their tear will be so delicious!

    • 1mtoldman

      they are horrible in everything not just to lakers. its a source to follow sports, to have access to sports but ignore anything they say about the sports yer getting access to thru them.

      • LakerSpartan117

        I’m sorry I couldn’t quite understand what you are saying, but I think we both agree that ESPN is biased and sucks in professionalism.

        • 1mtoldman

          what i was trying to say is that: you watch or listen or follow espn to have access to the sport you want to see or hear or follow; but their reporting of the sports they provide that access to is horrible. ie im glad espn existis as a source a resource to have acess to sports. but the commentary from espn is something to just ignore.

          • LakerSpartan117

            I wish there was a slightly biased (difficult not to be biased since everyone has an opinion) sports broadcast station where being a fan is welcomed instead of some being isolated because their team might suck and have to endure the asshole commentators on air bash their team.

      • Al Haldie

        What did he say???????

    • Lakers All In

      Shit 9th well last season they had the Lakers finishing 12th.ESPN must be sold on Julius Randle and Jeremy Lin along with Boozer.They might be right then again we finished 14th in the west and they said 12th.Kobe was angry and tweeted this last year . @kobebryant: 12th I see. Nobody knows how the Lakers will do until the games are played.ESPN is some media outlet that sports fans love to delve into the debate and fun they have over there as they show games and do sportscenter.

      • LakerSpartan117

        I agree that we have to play the game first before we assume that a team will just suck.

  • Duckathon

    If I had to use NBA comparables, the player Frank the Tank reminds me the most is Brad Miller.

  • taviyoung

    All of the Laker doubters are gonna be in for a huge surprise this season. From top to bottom, this the the most skilled and athletic team they’ve had in a long time. You can’t name me a 2nd unit in the league that’s better than Nash, Henry, Young, Randle, and Davis. Not only will this be a great year for the Lakers, but they’ll also be very fun to watch.

    • meep

      lets not count on nash even if they say he healthy.

    • 1mtoldman

      ok so this is the lineup you think most likely or best then would be lin/kobe/wesley/boozer/hill? right? so thats 10 and then clarkson and kelly and sacre at the end of the bench? if no players added or subracted. cause i have seen a lot of different ideas about who where and first or second but that i think if im putting in 1 what yer leaving out in 2 is right sounds right.

  • CyberCosmiX

    Good thing Dwight’s there to help them suck, should be a high pick!

    • Al Haldie

      What ??

  • meep

    wait a mock draft before the season are they bored at ESPN

    • 1mtoldman

      exactly this is like the crazy piece on k.d. rumored to go to lakers in 2016. hellrrr. the 2014 season is still more then 2 months away. my first thought when i saw this was huh? didnt they just have a draft. are they doing it all over again? was it a mistake? wtf

  • Badgers FK

    Frank is better than any center on this lousy Lakers roster.

    • meep

      lousy lakers roster, the roster is actually pretty good. it not a great one but it better then nothing.

      • 1mtoldman

        if the players that are on the roster now could all actually play (and im leaving nash out of that equation anything from him would be a bonus) then the remaining players i would expect to get minutes compared to the 11 from last years lakers are a huge improvement. you would be dropping meeks, farmar, sacre (i dont expect him 2 get minutes this year), marshall, and blake and gasol. and adding in their place, randle, lin, clarkson, kobe, boozer and davis. all really losing is gasol and all new pieces each adding something. so not only better than nothing but better than last year. again who got the minutes last year was not who was anticipated being available at this same time then. so yes health is always the main issue.

        • meep

          plus coaching and rotation could be alot better now that we dont have to worry about mike and his small ball. lakers have alot of youth and that youth has talent. lakers really only have 3 guys who are 30+ of age. so this team should be fun to watch. if you want a lousy roster go watch the kings

          • 1mtoldman

            if u want a really lousy roster go watch the super-tanker 76ers. whose strategy for tanking may produce changes in draft lottery rules.

          • meep

            i was thinking the sixers but they have talent in MCW and noel and that rookie they got. kings have cousins

  • meep

    lakers do need a true center if hill doesnt pan out but i still think it way to early to talk draft. what if this guy shine and become a top 10 pick

  • Lin For The Win

    So what we need a center and that’s the best ESPN can come up with?

  • Lets Lin

    Looks like a black hole in the lineup Jordan Hill is a undersized Center and we are going to have historically bad interior defense with Jordan Hill and Sacre as the only Centers.This is going to be a long season as teams will drive the paint and score at will on the Lakers and get so many layups and dunks it will be a matador defense.Sell the team Buss.

    • meep

      you forgot about ED davis who should be the back up to hill. who says we will have bad interior defense. just because he 6″10 doesnt mean lakers will have bad interior defense.

      • Realistic Laker Fan

        We have two PF’s playing at the 5…. one of them (Hill) is kind of injury prone….

        • meep

          doesnt mean they couldnt do well if lakers play good team defense and hill not that injury prone since he played 72 games last season

          • Realistic Laker Fan

            Hill missed 73 games with his 2 1/2 years with the Lakers, that’s a lot of games with very little playing time. He is reckless on both ends of the floor which is fine coming off the bench but as a big key piece in the teams success next year it isn’t.

          • Badazztj12

            He talking about last season. Not talking about the past. Clearly Hill has kept his health up and is still improving

      • Al Haldie

        Why don’t we let the COACH set the starters and the bench – I don’t think they {the LAKERS } will call you and ask what do you think….SORRY but this is just crap you sound like ESPN…

  • Melvin Anderson

    ESPN=Laker Hating Idiots. I’m done with ESPN. Find another source for Laker News

  • Gaines

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t our pick top 5 protected and if we don’t do terribly this season our pick is going to Phoenix so how would we land him?

    • Lets Lin

      Yes true the Suns will get our lottery pick if we miss the playoffs.

      • meep

        i thought it was they get it if lakers make the playoffs not if we miss it

        • Lawrence

          Our pick is only top 5 protected.If the Lakers pick falls anywhere from picks 6-30 it goes to the Suns.Picks 1-5 it stays with us.

    • meep

      that is right really the only pick we have is the one the rockets gave us

  • Realistic Laker Fan

    I can see the season going either way.

  • Andy L

    What the hell!? No mock draft for the 2021/2022 season yet????

  • TheZuluNation

    Lol, little too soon… and I’m not sure if the Lakers should use their first round pick on Kaminsky. Gotta wait and see how the college season pans out.

  • Badazztj12

    Looks like Gasol

  • Eman94

    Espn put the Lakers finishing 9th in the West which I think is pretty generous but also realistic considering we have to compete against: San Antonio, OKC, Clippers, Portland, Golden State, Houston, Memphis, and Dallas. Those are 8 teams right there that would be considered more talented than the current Laker roster. You could argue that the Lakers can fight Dallas for that 8th spot but Denver can always sneak in and take it, they’re a young talented team still with Danilo Galinari coming back from a season ending injury this year. The suns and pelicans can also be compete for that 8th spot. I know everyone here wants the Lakers to make the playoffs but they’re facing stiff competition this year. I don’t see them making the playoffs this year but also don’t see them being bad enough to get a top 5 pick next year so the Suns won’t take their first round pick. I hope the FO can manage to get another first round pick for the next draft

  • Duckathon

    Way too early for a mock draft.

    • 1mtoldman

      didnt we just have a real draft?

  • tengersss

    frank the tank. i like

  • LakersTank

    The Lakers only have 2 options:

    1. Either to push REALLY hard to make it to playoff
    2. If the west really strong, tank really hard to get 2nd @ 3rd worst in the league

    Or else, the Lakers will look really stupid if they end up 9th worst in the league. Not only we fail to make it to playoff, we also give up our 1st round to Suns for that useless Nash.

    There will be a lot of potentially good center in next year draft. If the Lakers really want to plan the life after Kobe, they should start this year.

    Randle (PF) + Clarkson (PG) + top 5 pick (get C) + 1st rounder from Houston (get SG) + Durant (SF) in 2016. The Lakers will have a lot of cap space to sign another top agent and get good role players (not just some wash up that other teams doesn’t want).

  • kiko

    starting up
    lin
    kobe
    Wesley or if sign michael beasley lakers
    boozer
    hill

  • kiko

    LA Lakers Should try to sign add Blatche, Andray,Beasley, Michael,Udoh, Ekpe,byron mullens,Hollins, Ryan,Hamilton, Jordan,Lewis, Rashard,Turkoglu, Hedo, waive sacre

  • Mambanation

    LoL what is this??? okay lets talk about the Wnba or NFL not plz…i am begging you.

  • psych

    Randle will most likely play a LO type of role he will get minutes in the 3 and 4 position and will play with shooters as he can attracts double team.. lin and boozer will surely runs pick and pop all the time and hill will be around the paint waiting for a drop off or will battles for rebound. Kobe will be kobe but i can see him as facilitator this season. Nash and clarkson will play together (dragic and bledsoe style of play) with wes, x and davis in the 2nd unit. Swaggy p will start with kobe to simply put pressure to the defense of the opposing team and to make kobe’s life much easier on the offensive end.

  • Lawrence

    Frank Kaminsky is a great post player and he can score in a variety of ways inside the post area and he has a feathery soft touch from the outside and he gets rebounds also he position defense is good and he blocks shots.I watched him dominate Arizona.This guy Frank Kaminsky would be a good choice for the Lakers.

  • Duckathon

    Remember watching this guy dominate during the tourney. Don’t know much it’ll translate to the NBA.

  • Guest

    “…Kaminsky represents the sort of Pau Gasol-type big man who’s long on finesse and low on physicality. His ability to step out and stretch the defense is also very attractive.”
    Don’t we already have Kelly for that?
    I’ve only seen Kaminsky play once and think he could use some more footwork before he turns into the next Gasol.

    • BULL

      Kelly 6 11 pf .. we can use a 7ft center that can protect the rim, rebound and spread the floor for Randal could work inside!

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