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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Who Should The Lakers Draft At Seven?

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With the NBA Draft being less than a week away, the Lakers will have a big decision when it comes time for them to make their selection. It is unlikely that the team has settled on a pick, but a few players have begun to stand out as possibilities.

Chief among them is Kentucky power forward Julius Randle. One of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft, Randle could immediately step in and start for a Lakers team that has very little on the front line right now. He had a very impressive workout for the team earlier this week.

Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart has been invited back for a second workout, and is one of the best defenders in the draft. One of the most tenacious players in college basketball, Smart could be the answer to the Lakers defensive issues against opposing point guards.

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Arizona forward Aaron Gordon is one of the best athletes in the draft and possesses the ability to guard multiple positions. While not as polished as Smart or Randle, Gordon is believed to be one of the hardest workers in the draft, and has also been invited back for a second workout.

And just when things seemed to be clearing up, expected top pick Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his foot and will require surgery. Now there is a chance that he could drop to the Lakers and at number seven, his upside could be worth the risk.

So we asked our panel of experts, who should the Lakers draft with the seventh pick? This is what they had to say:

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): With Julius Randle potentially available once the Los Angeles Lakers are on the clock, I believe the team taking a chance on the undersized forward is a no brainer. Although some still question whether Randle’s right foot will require surgery, the Kentucky product has maintained that he’s fine and proved that fact in a workout with the team on Tuesday.

Obviously, with any lottery pick, there’s a fair amount risk. There’s no guarantee any draftee will pan out on the NBA level including the top tier players like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid.

With that being said and considering the current status of the Lakers franchise, it is time to roll the dice with a prospect like Randle.

If Randle isn’t available at No. 7, I believe the Lakers can’t go wrong with Marcus Smart out of Oklahoma State, but I’d take Randle if he’s there to help bolster a frontcourt.

Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman will likely leave Los Angeles this summer in free agency meaning that the frontcourt will be a major area of concern for the Lakers and something that would potentially thrust Randle into the rotation immediately.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): The smart and logical selection for the Lakers is Julius Randle. He can contribute immediately, and the Lakers have a big hole at power forward.

But as the draft process has gone forward, Aaron Gordon has really grown on me.

One quote in particular really stands out for me. Gordon in essence said that he’s psychotic about basketball in the same way Kobe Bryant is. I want anyone on my team who shares the same mindset as Kobe.

He is obviously not as skilled as Randle offensively, but on defense, he can guard three positions. The Lakers have issues guarding the pick-and-roll and Gordon is the type of big man who can switch on to a point guard and stick with him.

He reminds me of Shawn Marion and I could see him coming in and putting up 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and over a steal and block immediately. And he will put in the work to improve every night. The Lakers need to swing for the fences and this is the guy to do it on.

Russell Valenzuela (@Russval4): It’s no secret the Lakers need help everywhere. Steve Nash is already signed on for the upcoming season, and it is possible the team could keep Kendall Marshall or Jordan Farmar. Still, the Lakers will need to address and improve their point guard situation.

With the seventh pick, former Oklahoma State combo guard Marcus Smart could very well be available. Drafting Smart should be the plan the Lakers choose to pursue on Thursday. Smart has the skill to start immediately.

The biggest advantage Smart brings to the Lakers is his defensive tenacity. With plenty of talent among starting point guards in the NBA, the Lakers need someone to matchup against the likes of Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and all the other playmakers around the league.

Smart is also a skilled scorer and was second in the Big-12 by averaging 18.0 points a game during his sophomore season. The Lakers will need some help with scoring.

When he has the ball in his hands, Smart has the speed to get into the paint easily and the strength to finish at the rim. Not only can he score at will, he is capable of dishing it off and finding teammates. During the 2013-14, Smart’s 4.8 assists per game ranked fourth in the Big-12.

One important intangible for Smart is his competitiveness. He will able to mesh well with Bryant and learn from him over the next two years. Smart could become a key piece in the team’s future plans after Bryant’s retirement.

Kevin Chan (@Kevin_Cruiser): The Lakers should draft Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick. Let’s back up and see how we get here. It’s hard to project exactly who will be available at seven, but let’s break it down pick-by-pick.

Most experts would agree that Embiid, Parker, and Wiggins will be drafted in the top three. Exum is likely to go next and then it gets very gray. At this point Marcus Smart, Noah Vonleh and Julius Randle are in the next tier of available draftees.

The Jazz own the fifth pick and could really use another guard, so I could see them taking Smart there. They’re unlikely to draft a power forward since they already have Derrick Favors firmly entrenched in that spot. They also have quite a bit of frontcourt depth with budding big man Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert (last year’s first round pick). So I think it’s fairly logical to conclude that they won’t draft Vonleh or Randle.

At number six, the Celtics are looking to rebuild their roster through the draft. Their roster is wide open and they could use a player at pretty much any position. Vonleh is projected as a slightly better prospect than Randle at the moment so I’ll guess that the Celtics nab him and make use of his ridiculous 7’4’’ frame.

That leaves the Lakers with the option of Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine. While Gordon and LaVine both possess intriguing athleticism, their games aren’t nearly as developed or polished as Randle. Randle is a threat to score and rebound from the get-go. Ultimately, I think Randle will be able to contribute much sooner than the other two prospects and he also has comparable upside.
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  • dencio

    The Embiid surgery can potentially rock the draft order. Upon availability, this should be the Lakers priority:

    1) J. Embiid (granted he recovers well from surgery. high risk but high reward.)
    2) N. Vonleh (C. Bosh, part deux)
    3) M. Smart (eventually will be a better E. Bledsoe)
    4) A. Gordon (K. Faried/poor man’s B. Griffin)
    5) J. Randle (Z-Bo)

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  • big-gm

    I to think the lakers can fill any roster spot and still have holes. But i think at the moment the league is guard driven. With that being said, I would take if still there is Exum first. With the right team he’ll be a star. With the lakers he would have the opportunity be great. He’ll get stronger, his jumper will get better, and his 6’6 frame at this point will help his defense. but that to will have to improve. Next Marcus Smart he’ll be good based on what we’ve seen he can do. His attitude wasn’t suited for the college game but for the nba that’s something you cant coach.will be needed to play along side kobe for the next to years also. Then there’s Zach Lavine the wild card. With his size, speed and up’s kind of reminds me of westbrook. i think his impact will be seen instantly. All that to say I Don’t Know. GO LAkers!!!

  • toelessjoel

    Toe or no toe Embiid the guy. Momma said toe like a box of chocolate you never know what you gonna get.

  • Zimmeredge

    Randle or vonleh first then payton then smart. Payton is under the radar but he is also a great pg.
    We can bet on embiid as well

  • bring jerry west back

    @disqus_pRPVc2PRu6:disqus why would we want a player whose ceiling is chris bosh? vonleh is as soft as they come, and stretch bigs are a gimmick.

    I think smart is a can’t miss. He’s a poor mans Bled or a rich mans A. Bradley. Both of which are starting guards. I’m tired of getting tore up by the westbrooks, cp3′s, and tony parkers of the league.

    • The Logo 44

      Marcus Smart is legit.Great player.

  • coach’em up

    Marcus Smart is nothing but a version of Derek Fisher that cant shoot and longer arms.
    there is no Defense for good Offensive players people that’s why there are no LBJ or Westbrook stoppers etc… its about matchups so you draft size and athleticism with buildable skill mechanics. and its not a PG league its an athletic wing league LBJ, K Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George et… that’s why the top pg have no chips CP3
    so no on M Smart with other talent available
    and no on J Randle with other talent available
    Randle is undersized and will be in foul trouble or outmatched earlier on
    Aaron Gordon is a guy can play right away and maybe a nightmare
    Zach Lavine is a guy can be a nightmare at PG has just as much game if not more than D Exum at the same position he already a better shooter with more bounce

  • 3339

    so much could happen in this draft.
    Possible for Embiid to fall imo as far as 12 to Orlando.
    If Exum makes it past the Magic, he could end up with us at 7.
    I think there is a good chance Vonleh, Gordon, and Randle are gone by 7.
    It could be down to Exum or Smart (whoever the Magic don’t take), Embiid, or even Payton.

    • VillainKing

      Orlando had a plan on drafting Center Embiid in 4 and Point Guard Payton in 12..

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers Draft Marcus Smart at #7.

  • kookiebuger

    Joel Emiid or Marcus Smart

    • vdogg

      i have a weird feeling that elfrid payton will be the steal of this draft.

      • kookiebuger

        He needs to develop some type of offensive game.

  • M T

    Hell no to Randle.
    Randle can’t play defense, only plays one position, plays bad defense, can’t
    play SF or C, doesn’t even score that much to make up for his bad defense, and
    oh he also has bad defense.

    Gordon is the answer. He brings elite defense
    from day 1, athleticism, ball handling, passing, a high IQ, hustle, great
    rebounding for his size, and a great work ethic. Who doesn’t like that unique,
    amazing blend of skills? His shooting isn’t a problem because that’s something
    that everyone improves with over time. We can’t expect most 18 year olds to
    have an nba jumper.

    Just a fun fact: Gordon is the YOUNGEST player
    in the draft, yet he had the HIGHEST defensive win shares in college. His team
    was also #1 in defense among the hundreds of colleges throughout the country.

    • Chrmngblly

      Wow. Why do we agree?

      I have been for Gordon all along and dealing with Randle fans and rabid Smart fans with no more reason behind their thinking than he’s a big bull. I want speed, athleticism, intelligence and drive. I think we really need all our guys to be versatile enough to play a couple positions while this team comes together. It is hard to tell who we could trade for.

      It is also hard to tell who could step up. We have a few really great athletes who could earn spots—if they just do the work: Brooks, X, Johnson, Young, Kelly, Bazemore, Meeks, Marshall–maybe Meeks. They all have to defend and shoot the three when they are open. I wish Brooks would get out of his own ass. But that’s the way it goes, you never know.

      • M T

        Gordon could be the best player in this draft soon, but even then, people won’t admit it bcz they’re too caught up with the high ppg or high stats guys

      • VillainKing

        I have a reason Marcus Smart game is way above Gordon..so the best for the Lakers at 7th pick is Marcus Smart..

        • Chrmngblly

          But you are a retarded rump ranger, villainakling

          • VillainKing

            You are the one that retarded dick sucking Chrmngay!!

          • Chrmngblly

            You are just calling names—because you are retarded, VanillaKling

          • VillainKing

            No you are the one calling names because you are the retarded one Chrmngay!!heheh

          • VillainKing

            Your are so slow Chrmngay FUCK YOU!!

          • Chrmngblly

            If there was any reason to want Smart you would have said it long ago—but you can’t–because you are retarded. All you can do is parrot what other people say to you. You’re totally lame.

          • VillainKing

            you are the weak one and totally lame Chrmngay..Marcus Smart will become a great player in the NBA that’s for sure..

          • VillainKing

            I have the reason Chrmngay because Smart had a big potential to become a superstar in the NBA he had the heart and the passion of the game..also his competitiveness will bring him to become a great player like Kobe Bryant does..His shooting can be improve because Smart is a hardworker type of player and not afraid of taking any challenge..

          • VillainKing

            One thing Marcus Smart had the firepower and the killer instinct and that are the keys in becoming a great player in the NBA..

          • Chrmngblly

            I can see he turned you off to women. As his rump buddy, you have felt his mighty thrusts. The rest of us don’t know him the way you do. You quiver at the mention of his name. I am more analytical about it. I hope we luck into Embiid and we just take him and get him all healed up. It’s a big gamble, though. Maybe Vonleh will be the one to slide to us. It is all up in the air now.

          • VillainKing

            No again, I told you that you are the one that have a heart of a woman and trap in a gay’s body..that is the definition of you self Chrmngay..and also I’m just a big fan of Marcus Smart hoping him to play along side my most idol player in the NBA Kobe Bryant and to my favorite team in the NBA the L.A. Lakers..FUCK YOU CHRMNGAY YOUR SO GAY!!!!

          • Chrmngblly

            You are the biggest dick sucker on here. No offense to dick suckers and ladies.

          • VillainKing

            Your the one offending yourself DICK SUCKER Chrmngay..heheheheh

  • Montanski

    Randle, Smart and Gordon will be gone at 7. I think it would be Embiid or Payton, because Vonleh disappointed LAL at previous workout. OR FO will trade down and pick Payton at 10. Notice: After his first workout Payton said that expects he will be picked 8-22 and today said 7-15…

    • VillainKing

      Hope Marcus Smart and Aaron Gordon will available at 7th pick for the Lakers..

  • numb1lakefan

    marcus smart

    • VillainKing

      Marcus Smart..

  • Xfb

    Joel embiid,2nd option is smart,3rd is randle

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    I’m on the Smart/Gordon bandwagon. If Embiid has already been taken, I’d be happy with either one of these guys. I love Smart’s intensity, and defensive tenacity. The man is not only a great on ball defender, but jumps passing lanes like crazy. Mix that with his ability to drive the lane and finish at the rim, and I could see him making a tremendous impact immediately. His shooting mechanics are scary, though. Definitely needs to break them round and rebuild them the right way.

    Gordon excites me because of that athleticism. His interviews have me thinking he’d be a gym rat, and would be learning as much as possible from the likes of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. His shooting needs work, and that free throw shooting is atrocious. It would be nice to have a guy who could compete in the dunk contest, though haha. He’s only 18, so there is plenty of time for improvement.

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