Final Pick in 2012 NBA Draft Limits Lakers’ Current Options

Final Pick in 2012 NBA Draft Limits Lakers’ Current Options


It’s all over for the Los Angeles Lakers, who must now turn their attention towards an off-season full of questions.

Will the Lakers blow up their roster or do they still believe that they’re a piece or two away from booking another trip to the NBA Finals? What does the future hold for power forward Pau Gasol? Is bringing back Lamar Odom or Trevor Ariza an option? All are valid questions that could be answered in the next couple of months.

There is one particular question, though, that I’d like to ask that few haven’t at this point in the off-season. Will the Lakers trade up during the 2012 NBA Draft in hopes of landing a player who’s ready to produce?

Currently in possession of the final pick in the draft (No. 60 overall) which they acquired from the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers won’t have too much talent to choose from when they’re finally on the clock. Considering that 59 players will have already come off the board at that point, the talent pool will basically be drained down to D-Leaguers and NBA longshots.

Before the 2011-2012 season began, the Lakers had possession of their own first and second round picks. That was until they traded away their No. 55 pick to the Dallas Mavericks as part of the Odom deal. Then they shipped their first round pick (No. 24 overall) to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they landed point guard Ramon Sessions at the trade deadline. It quickly went from looking like they had some tools to reload with to now their only pick gives them priority over no one.

With a month to go before the 2012 NBA Draft (June 28), there are several lingering issues that the Lakers need to address this off-season. They need to find some depth at small forward, especially with Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes potentially headed out of town. If Ramon Sessions opts out of his 2012-2013 player option, they could be in need of another young point guard. The Lakers might also fail to bring back big man Jordan Hill, which could leave them thin at the four and five spots.

Considering all of those potential holes, is the final pick in the draft really the best spot to be in for the Lakers? I’m going to say no. Apparently, though, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is keeping his options open about possibly moving up on draft day.

“I can’t imagine us being in a position to simply step into a first-round pick,” Kupchak told the media. “But there may be a way to get up to a little bit better position in the draft.”

Now I’m not saying that the Lakers can’t find a diamond in the rough with the 60th pick, but odds are slim that anyone who’s available at that point will be ready to contribute during the 2012-2013 season. Best-case scenario: they draft a raw, young talent who’s nothing more than a project for the next couple of years.

It all boils down to whether or not the Lakers are happy with staying put and hoping for a steal. They don’t have too many pieces to use during trades, but moving up is more dire of a need than it seems. The Lakers can’t continue to slide by while letting the “lack of youth” issue sit on the backburner.

The Lakers’ age has caught up to them; it’s time to put some more eggs in the draft basket.

  • Salacaismine

    Put Lebron Wade and Rose on the laers with Kobe

    • Salacaismine


    • fob

      please leave this website

  • John Curtis White Jr.

    all I know is Blake,Mcroberts,Murphey,Barnes, and Eyenga need to be traded because we need a bench who can produce at ALL 5 spots like 2 or 3 years ago, I think LO and Ariza need to come back. Get more bench players and trade Gasol for a good guard or forward Gasol is aging and as much as I love the giant spanierd, he didn’t come through his hardest until the last game, he needs consistence, if he can’t show a significant amount of consistency I think he needs to go D fish coming back either couldn’t help

  • Shro

    Lakers must somehow acquire Darren Williams and a small forward such as Trevor Ariza. In addition, picking up Ronnie Turiaf and Lamar Odom to fortify the bench is advisable. They can forget about Dwight Howard. With the development of Andrew Bynum as the best big man in basketball, Williams would be a better fit. Then either Sessions or Blake can serve as backup point. Dump World Peace. He’s too volatile, inconsistent, and unpredictable.

  • Peter

    The Lakers need to make drastic moves as this team is going backwards.
    The y need to pick up Bynum’s one year option, then either sign him for $10 mil or less
    or trade him immediately. He’s not max material and will destroy the Laker’s future.
    Also trade Gasol for players and draft picks so they can pick up a dynamics player, like
    Next, they must keep MWP, acquire Beasly and Ariza.
    Go from Bynum’s slow time to Laker Show Time.

  • fob

    all of you are idiots who don’t know how to spell the players names and your trade suggestions are terrible 

  • Dillo


  • Dillo

    trade gasol/blake for rockets scola/martin 14th and 16th pick of the 2012 draft go after terrance jones with 14th jones can play the 3or4 and can really strech the defence with his range  i also like arnet moultry there with arnet we can stay big@long with the 16th pick we go with a pointgaurd. marshell and lillard are gone already so we go with my sleeper in the 2012 draft tyshawn taylor he is the best deffensive gaurd in dis draft and has the speed strenth and athletics to keep up with the tony parkers and russel westbrooks of the west top teams. i know 16th pick sound a bit early for tyshawn but check the kid out for yourself on youtube he can do it all he can stan to work on his stroke and careless trunovers but he has all the tools to be star in la he can really take over a game with his passing and explosive abilty to get to the basket he can be rajon rondo like in the near future the lakers lets save this team mitch